With Kevin Bieksa expected to miss about 2 months with a fractured hand, Jim Benning decided that he didn't want to wait to replenish the depth on defence. So today he traded 2014 5th-round choice defenceman Gustav Forsling to Chicago in exchange for the Hawks' 2011 2nd-round pick Adam Clendening. Forsling is about 4 years away from playing in the NHL and is apparently struggling in Sweden. Clendening can play in the NHL now. So there's quite a log jam on D as far as the #7 guy.
Let's take a look at the new Canuck.
Born: Wheatfield, New York on October 26, 1992 (age 22)
Weight: 187 pounds
Shoots: Right handed
Jersey: #6 or #5
On Twitter: @Clenny5
His International Play (via the Province):
On the international stage, Clendening was a member of Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championship. He led defencemen in scoring at the tournament with 10 points (3-7-10), was named to the tournament all-star team and won a gold medal. The 6-foot, 190-pound defenceman also won gold at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.
Hockey's Future Analysis:
Clendening is an offensive defenseman blessed with superb puck-moving ability and on-ice vision. His excellent puck skills are one reason why many scouts are so high on Clendening. He can see plays develop and follows them quite well. He can also be found frequently jumping into plays too. Clendening's ability to move the puck and patience with it makes him an ideal quarterback on the power play. He makes very good decisions with the puck and distributes the puck very well. Clendening can also control the tempo of the game from the blue line. He is an excellent skater with good speed that can keep up with many of the faster opposing forwards. He also transitions quite well too. One area where Clendening will need to improve is keeping his feet moving more consistently. While he is known for his offensive prowess, Clendening is also solid defensively. He doesn't shy away from the physical side of the game and plays with a good deal of intensity. However, Clendening could stand to utilize his intensity and grit more to the benefit of his team. He possesses a very good shot and can get pucks to the net by taking quality chances.
More on Clendening at Hockey's Future here, including how he's been doing with Chicago's affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs:
2012-13: Clending was the top offensive defensemen for Chicago’s AHL affiliate Rockford in his first pro season. He scored 9 goals and was second on the IceHogs with 37 assists; finishing +17 with 67 penalty minutes in 73 games. Rockford finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
2013-14: Clendening once again led Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford in scoring in his second pro season. Skating in 74 of 76 games for the IceHogs he scored 12 goals with a team-high 47 assists and was plus-5 with 64 penalty minutes. Rockford missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Clendening was named to the AHL first all-star team.
Here are his career stats:
Let's take a look at his first NHL goal back in November:
A power play goal! Hey, bring some of that here! His first goal on his first shot in his first NHL game.
His first NHL assist came the next game against the Oilers:
Once again, on the power play!