The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Adam Clendening and center Alexandre Texier from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clendening, 26, has recorded three shots and a +1 plus/minus rating in four games with the Blue Jackets this season. Signed by Columbus as a free agent to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract on July 1, 2018, he has collected 4-20-24, 49 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 90 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Niagara Falls, New York native ranks sixth among AHL defensemen in penalty minutes and ninth-T in assists and leads the Monsters in assists, penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 4-32-36, 98 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 43 appearances this season. He has registered 32-165-197, 365 penalty minutes and a +48 plus/minus rating in 304 career AHL games from 2012-19. The 6-0, 194-pound blueliner was selected by Chicago in the second round, 36th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Texier, 19, made his AHL debut on March 16 at Rockford and has notched 5-2-7, four penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in seven games with the Monsters. He began the 2018-19 campaign with KalPa in Finland's top professional league (Liiga), recording 14-27-41 with 36 penalty minutes in 55 contests. He led his club in assists, points and shots (265) and ranked third in goals and power play goals (five). He also finished second among the league's players 19-years-old or younger in assists and points.
The native of Grenoble, France has registered 27-36-63 with 74 penalty minutes, seven power play goals and 384 shots in 108 career Liiga contests with KalPa. In 2017-18, he was the club's youngest player at age 18 and collected 13-9-22 and 38 penalty minutes in 53 appearances. The 6-0, 185-pound center was selected by Columbus in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.