NHL Draft Profiles: BU's Adam Clendening

Mike Hume, an editor for ESPN Insider, writes about BU freshman defenseman Adam Clendening in the most recent entry in Insider's series of NHL draft profiles:

It's a safe assumption that Boston University freshman defenseman Adam Clendening has Dec. 3 circled on his calendar. That's when Clendening's Terriers play the first of two consecutive games against rival Eagles of Boston College ... who pulled his scholarship offer last season.

As a highly sought-after recruit with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Clendening originally gave a verbal commitment to BC. But the Eagles wanted his assurance he'd attend this fall and Clendening, who was still considering the Ontario Hockey League, wasn't ready to give that commitment. When the program pressed and threatened to pull his scholarship, Clendening took a pass, BC made good on its promise and the D man re-entered the recruiting market. The Eagles' rival was only too happy to accommodate him.

So now the stage is set for the early-December showdown. And BC fans have already provided Clendening with a taste of the treatment he'll receive.

"I played at BC with the [US development] program and was booed even when I had a USA Hockey jersey on. I can't imagine what it will be like with a BU jersey," Clendening says. "It should be fun."

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