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).