Oilers claim defenceman Clendening off waivers from Ducks

Adam Clendening (2) collides with Carolina Hurricanes' Joakim Nordstrom. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Edmonton Oilers claimed defenceman Adam Clendening off waivers Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.

Clendening was placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-shot blue-liner has five points in 30 career NHL games.

Anaheim acquired Clendening and winger David Perron in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 16 that sent Carl Hagelin the other way.

Clendening stands a decent chance at earning some ice time in Edmonton. Injuries to defencemen Oscar Klefbom, Andrew Ference, and Brandon Davidson have depleted the Oilers’ defence corps.

Although it’s a small sample of NHL experience to draw from, Clendening sports a 50.8 per cent Corsi for rating and 58.8 per cent goals for mark in 30 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and Penguins.

The Blackhawks selected Clendening in the second round (36th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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