According to RDS’ Renaud P. Lavoie, the Blackhawks have signed yet another prospect this summer. This time, defenseman Adam Clendening was inked to an entry level contract.
The Boston University stand-out had quite the 2011-12 season as he racked up 33 points (4 G, 29 A) in 38 games played for the Terriers, along with a +11 plus/minus rating and 64 penalty minutes. The Hawks’ 2nd round (36th overall) pick in the 2011 draft was also named to Hockey East’s First All-Star Team. Clendening was also a part of Team USA’s blue line at the 2012 World Juniors.
The 5-foot-11, 187 pound Niagara Falls, New York native will be eligible to play in the AHL in 2012-13 since college players have to meet the AHL’s age requirement, which is to be 18 by September 15th. Clendening will still be 19 come that date; his birthday is October 26th. There’s always an opportunity for him to earn a spot on the Blackhawks’ blue line out of training camp, but if all else fails, he’ll join the defense corps in Rockford. [FWIW: London holds his junior rights.]
Right now, the only defenseman the IceHogs have under an AHL contract is Ben Youds. Dylan Olsen–who has been with the Hawks since January, Ryan Stanton, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde will all be making a push to crack the big club’s roster come camp. Klas Dahlbeck, who was just signed to an entry level contract earlier this week, will also be vying for a spot on either club.
Other defensemen in the organization include: Simon Danis-Pepin–who is a restricted free agent, Brian Fahey–who is an unrestricted free agent and was on an AHL contract, and Connor Goggin–who is also an unrestricted free agent and was on an ATO with the Hogs.
Special thanks to @MarquisdeSaad for the information about which team holds Clendening’s CHL rights and for providing the info on AHL eligibility!