The Washington Capitals have placed Aaron Ness on waivers according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, likely with the intention of sending the 27-year old defenseman back to the minor leagues. Christian Djoos returned to practice yesterday for the Capitals, meaning the team has eight healthy defensemen if he’s ready to suit up. Though Madison Bowey is waiver-exempt, his play (and handedness) has earned him a role on the team going forward.

Ness is another case of an undersized defenseman not quite being able to crack an NHL lineup on a full-time basis. His excellent skating and offensive chops have allowed him to dominate the minor leagues, but have resulted in just six points across 47 career NHL games.