Adam Clendening

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 194

Born: 1992-10-26

Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY

Drafted: 2011 by Chicago Blackhawks, 36th Overall








February 2015 - Since being acquired by the Canucks in a January trade, Clendening has played in every game for Vancouver (eight) and has averaged about 17 minutes of ice-time per game. The former second round pick has shown he is ready for full-time NHL play after facing a log jam in the Blackhawks organization, and has impressed with solid two-way play positing one assist, a plus-4 rating, and seven shots on net. He looks poised on the breakout, and plays a good positional game. Mike Barrett


January 2015 - Clendening has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks for WJC standout Gustav Forsling. Clendening has been focussing on his defensive game this year, and has  regressed offensively so far, with only 13 points in 38 games this year in the AHL. He had a four game callup, but he was getting too close to wavier eligibility for the Blackhawks liking. He should find immediate ice time on the Canucks with Bieksa injured, and could easily play his way into second unit PP time. Offensive upside remains the same, but he will now be given a real shot much sooner. Austin Wallace


November 2014 – A year removed from a season that saw him lead the IceHogs in scoring with 59 points in 74 games, Clendening has struggled to find that scoring touch so far in 2014. Despite being handed more of a leadership role this season by being named an alternate captain, Clendening has just three points in his first 13 games. In addition to the slow start, Clendening was surpassed on the Blackhawks depth chart by newcomer Trevor van Riemsdyk who is currently with the big club. Despite the unfortunate start to 2014 for Clendening, the future is still bright, and we could see him with the Blackhawks as early as this season in the event of injuries on the blueline. Matt Donohue


April 2014 – Clendening is in the midst of finishing up a second strong AHL campaign in which he has led his team in points and was named a First Team All-Star. The situation is now a waiting game for him as he has done everything he can and is ready in the wings. With Chicago’s blueline staying extremely healthy, they did not utilize a single recall for action otherwise Clendening would have surely made his debut. Should the Rockford Icehogs fail to make the Calder Cup playoffs in the next few days, Clendening will be flying with the Blackhawks as they once again attempt to go deep in search of another cup. Next season he will battle fellow offensive product David Rundblad for the final roster spot in training camp and it would not surprise if Rundblad is sent packing. Clendening is a very good chip to be holding on your farm squad right now, especially with the franchise outlook in Chicago. Jason Banks


September 2013 - Clendening was among 10 players recently sent back to Rockford. The Blackhawks' top blueline prospect will look to build upon his 46 point rookie season for the Icehogs. With Coach Quenneville leaving open the idea of riding with eight defenseman in Chicago a strong start to the AHL season would position Clendening quite nicely for an early call-up in case of injury or poor play. Even if the Blackhawks go with the more standard seven defensemen he still has a good chance of seeing some playing time in Chicago at some point this season. Rex Doty


June 2013 - Clendening's rookie season in Rockford helped cement his name at the top of the Blackhawks' blue line prospect pool. He amassed 46 points in 73 games, plus 67 PIM and a plus-17 rating.  He possesses that tantalizing mix of high-end offense coupled with a physical edge. If he can follow up his rookie season in similar fashion it won't be long before you'll be seeing Clendening in the NHL. Rex Doty


November 2012 - Clendening is adapting to the pro game well, starting off with 12 points in 16 games for Rockford. As of late November, he is on a run of eight points in just five games. He has twice as many points as Nick Leddy at this point. There is a logjam in Chicago, but Clendening is very much in the mix. Dobber


July 2012 – As expected, he has turned pro and will head to Rockford of the AHL. He will serve an apprenticeship for a couple years before moving forward, as ice time is very clogged up in the Windy City. Jason Banks


April 2012 – Only 19, Clendening has already completed two seasons at a major college program (Boston University), and has a wealth of international competition experience to his credit. With the Terriers, Clendening has amassed an impressive 59 points and 144 penalty minutes in 77 games and added five points in six games at the WJC.  Physical and aggressive despite average size, he has very good puck and skating skills. Rich Dillon



Fantasy Outlook: B+


Excellent offensively, but has to work on defensive game. Top-four PPQB upside, should be given a shot on second unit PP this year.





Clendening discussing his First Team All-star award and game growth.



Blackhawk Organization discusses the assets Clendening possesses for the future.



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