Blackhawks Sign D Adam Clendening

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Clendening on a three-year contract. He is the second defenseman drafted in 2011 to sign an entry-level deal with the Blackhawks this week (Klas Dahlbeck).

Sources close to the top of the organization love Clendening’s game, and believe he isn’t far away from the NHL.

Clendening, 19, was selected in the second round  (36th overall) of the 2011 Draft by the Blackhawks. He finished the 2011-12 season at Boston University tied for the the lead among Hockey East defensemen with 33 points (4G, 29A) in 38 games. In his freshman year, Clendening was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and was an honorable mention Hockey East All-Star, the only freshman to receive that honor.

Clendening led Team USA defensemen at the 2012 World Junior Championships with five points (one goal, four assists) in six games. He won gold with Team USA at the 2009 and 2010 Under-18 World Championships and was named to the tournament All-Star Team in 2010 after leading all defensemen in scoring with 10 points (three goals, seven assists).

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10 Responses to Blackhawks Sign D Adam Clendening

  1. Brad Stevenson says:

    It’s a good signing, and was a very good draft pick by Bowman…Clendening screams top 4 DMan, hopefully in the next 2 years…hopefully…

    I think of the whole Defensive group Tab, Stephen Johns is the one who could become the most valuable to us…with Dylan Olsen maturing, it gives us a pipeline over the next few years of a new starter within the system each year.

    Holl, Lavin, Stanton, LaLonde all should be able to help us, but those 3 are the cream of our system.

  2. BHawk78 says:

    I liked Olsen’s physical game but he really has to work on his speed or he’ll never be any better than a bottom pairing defenseman at best. He was way too slow at times last year and needs to be better with his decision making too. I don’t think he’s the surefire ready NHL defenseman that some do.

    I’m very interested to see how Clendening does.

  3. Tim M. says:

    I agree with BHawk78 re: Olsen’s speed. He was kind of plodding at times, and his quickness on recovering to turnovers was a problem. Nice physical presence, though. Hope Clendening works out. I’m concerned about the overall D of the team going into this season.

  4. David McInnis says:

    I suspect Chicago will be tradng a D man prior to or durng the upcoming draft and moving up. They should look at Subban as a goalie, would be a good pick.

  5. Caz says:

    So I have a question for tab. what do you think of the going for barret jackman? Hes a solid d man that could be very useful. Im not sure what he gets paid though

  6. Tab Bamford says:

    I have seen suggestions that he’s looking for $3-3.5M per… which is more than Oduya just got paid and equals what Hjalmarsson is already getting. Jackman has a relationship w/ the Hawks coaching staff, but there would have to be at least one deal (if not two) to make room on the blue line both financially and w/ regard to ice time. Truthfully, I don’t see how Jackman is a game-changer for the Hawks.

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