Blackhawks agree to terms with 2011 pick Clendening
Clendening, 19, shared the lead among Hockey East defensemen with a career-high 33 points (4G, 29A) in 38 games with Boston University. The Niagra Falls, New York, native ranked second among league blueliners with a career-high 29 assists and 15 power-play points (2G, 13A) during his sophomore campaign and ranked fifth on the Terriers with a career-best +11 plus/minus rating. He was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and was one of only two sophomores selected to the All-New England Division I All-Star team.
Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Clendening was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and was an honorable mention Hockey East All-Star, the only freshman to receive the honor, in his first season at BU. A product of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Clendening led Team USA defensemen at the 2012 World Junior Championships with five points (G, 4A) in six games. He also 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 blueliners in scoring with 10 points (3G, 7A).