In the 2012 edition of The Hockey News Future Watch, Adam Clendening was ranked as the 8th prospect on the Blackhawks, ahead of Kevin Hayes.
The 2012 edition said of Clendening, "a playmaker the Hawks think can be a PP QB down the road."
In 2013, The Hockey News Future Watch had Clendening ranked 6th and they wrote "skilled offensive defenseman starting to get noticed, played in AHL All-Star game."
In the 2014 Future Watch, Clendening was ranked 3rd and they wrote "Clendening has climbed Chicago's depth chart due to his offensive dominance in Rockford. Poise and patiene with the puck are his main assets and according to Kelley, "he's an elite passer in all three zones. The PP QB leads the IceHogs in scoring. THe Hawks do not lack offensive blue liners, so he's not being rushed. He needs to keep working on his skating. He's worked really hard off the ice and that needs to continue."
Kevin Hayes was not ranked as one of the Blackhawks top ten prospects in 2013 and in 2014 he was ranked 6th.
In the 2013-14 edition of The Sports Forecaster they wrote the following about Clendening:
- "The physical puck moving D-man turned pro after his sophomore campaign and took to the AHL game immediately. Names to the AHL second All-Star Team, he had 18 points in the Final 23 games.
In the 2014-15 edition they wrote:
- "The best offensive defenseman in the system led the AHL affiliate in total scoring. He moves the puck smartly, jumps into the rush and could eventually be a factor on the Chicago PP."
After being moved to Vancouver, the 2015-16 edition wrote:
- The former Blackhawks prospect has nothing left to prove in the minors, but needs a break to crack the NHL lineup. Clendening saw action in four games with Chicago before being traded to Vancouver, where he appeared in 17 more NHL contests. His puck-moving skills are his greatest asset and he knows how to run a PP."
Clendening, 23, signed with the Rangers on July 1 that will pay him $600,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL.