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Adam Clendening Providing Defensive Depth

By Chris Schubert

Nov 20, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Clendening (6) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Clendening made his NHL and Blackhawks debut last night, starting his career off in fashion with a goal on his first shot in the National Hockey League. Clendening can provide some much needed depth to a defensive corps that needs to be healthy and fresh all season long.

Known for his skills on the offensive side of the game, Clendening’s defense is what kept him from being apart of the Blackhawks sooner. Working hard in Rockford to elevate his overall game, Clendening has gotten a chance to prove himself here in Chicago.

Trevor van Riemsdyk’s surgery removed him from action for 3-4 months. The Hawks have been searching for a 3rd d-pairing that can provide relief to the top guys in terms of production and ice time. Clendening, at age 22, should have the youth and talent in his skates to help share the burden that the top four defensemen have on a nightly basis.

He was able to get his first NHL goal out of the way early, as early as he could, which should calm him nerves going forward.

10:41 minutes of total ice time and 22 shifts overall is what he is going to average to start his NHL career and those numbers will only increase.

Clendening is a guy that has played for the U.S. development team and for the U.S. junior team at a number of levels.His talent level is highly regarded and he will have an impact for the Hawks. He should start by succeeding in his limited role on the 3rd line. When he does that on a regular basis, Coach Q will start to mix him into the rotation with guys like Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook and give him more responsibilities.

When he gets those responsibilities, his full game will begin to shine and he will become a huge asset for this Chicago Blackhawk team.