The Edmonton Oilers took a step towards solving their defensive issues, this time claiming defenseman Adam Clendening off the waiver wire today.
After being traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 15, the 23-year-old defenseman did not play one game with the team and was put on waivers yesterday. With the Oilers currently struggling on the backend and looking for any solution, they decided to take Clendening.
“I look forward to maybe sticking around a little longer,” Clendening said.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2011 second-round pick has had his fair share of 30 games with three different NHL teams: Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Through these games, he has one goal, four assists and a plus-5 rating. He played six games with Penguins’ affiliate Wilkes-Barre, and had one assist in nine games with the Pens this year.
According to scouting reports, Clendening (who played for the NCAA Boston University Terriers) is an average skater and can shoot the puck. He is comparable to the likes of Dennis Wideman.
This move is a short-term solution for the Oilers, who, according to Bob Stauffer, may be shipping out a certain right-handed defenseman in the coming weeks. I am breaking this to you guys right now, but there are only two right-handed defensemen the Oilers would currently get rid of, and that is Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. To my understanding, it will be the former.
If this is in the form of a trade or not, I cannot confirm. But it looks like #19 is going to walk sooner rather than later.