Adam Clendening, Brandon Saad drafted
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks took a defenseman and a winger with their two picks in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft.
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With pick No. 36, the Hawks selected blueliner Adam Clendening from Boston University. Clendening described himself as a "smart, puck moving defenseman" who can quarterback the power play.
With the No. 43 overall pick, the Hawks took forward Brandon Saad, a rare homegrown product of Pittsburgh, who played for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) last season. Saad was considered first-round talent who fell to the second round.
"It's the team's decision," he said. "It's out of my control. I'm just happy to be in Chicago."
Saad called himself a two way player with a good "read of the game" and "playmaking ability up front."
Saad had 27 goals and 28 assists in 59 games for the Spirit.
The Hawks selected two more defensemen in the third round, taking Michael Paliotta (70th overall) from the United States National Team Development Program and Klas Dahlbeck (79th overall) from Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.
Other Hawks' selections are left wing Maxim Shalunov (fourth round, 109th overall) from Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL, center Andrew Shaw (fifth round, 139th overall) from Owen Sound Attack of the OHL and defenseman Sam Jardine (sixth round, 169th overall) from the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.