Senators Player Profile: Erik Condra

This is the ninth in a series of profiles on each player for the Ottawa Senators.

Erik Condra, RW, Contract: 0.625/13 (RFA)
Drafted 7-216/06 (Muckler), 5’11, Shoots R, YOB 1986, Trenton, MI
2009-10 AHL 80-11-27-38 +4 61pim (1 fight)
2010-11 AHL 55-17-30-47 +20 28pim, NHL 26-6-5-11 -1 12pim TOI 15:52

The last pick in GM John Muckler’s last draft, the undersized Erik Condra had just won Rookie of the Year in the CCHA playing for Notre Dame.  He spent the four full years in the NCAA, leading his team in scoring every year (159-48-110-158).

Bryan Murray signed him to his ELC and without much fanfare and Condra joined Don Nachbaur’s Binghamton Senators (a good article about him when he signed is here http://www.und.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/070709aaa.html).  Outplaying fellow rookie Jim O’Brien, Condra was named Rookie of the Year in Binghamton (http://www.examiner.com/binghamton-senators-in-binghamton/smith-tallies-twice-b-sens-win-home-finale).

This past season, Condra’s game took a significant leap forward, not only in terms of production and defensive play, but he clearly made the players around him better (particularly Jim O’Brien and the now departed Roman Wick).  When Bryan Murray began to clean house at the NHL level, Condra was brought up and remained with the team the rest of the season.  Coach Cory Clouston was a big fan of Condra’s, who received more ice time than any other recalled rookie.  I think Condra played a role in Ryan Shannon‘s increased production at the end of the season (15 of his 27 points came after Condra’s recall, much of it spent playing together).

When the season ended Condra was given a two-year, one-way contract (joining fellow 7th-rounder Colin Greening).  A versatile player who doesn’t excel at any particular aspect of the game other than with his brain–he’s an incredibly smart player.  Condra credits Randy Lee in helping his game www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150715917210585&oid=254660295467&comments.  It’s difficult to project how Condra will perform next season, since he can slide all over the lineup, but I think 30 points with 10 goals is reasonable.

Hockey Futures profile: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/erik_condra
Condra’s interview prior to his rookie year in Binghamton: http://video.senators.nhl.com/ videocenter/console?id=45110

Next up is Bobby Butler.