Erik Condra, RW, Contract: 0.625/13 (RFA) Drafted 7-216/06 (Muckler)
5’11, Shoots R, YOB 1986, Trenton, MI
2009-10 AHL Binghamton 80-11-27-38 (ppg 0.47) +4 61pim (1 fight)
2010-11 AHL Binghamton 55-17-30-47 (ppg 0.85) +20 28pim
2010-11 NHL Ottawa 26-6-5-11 (ppg 0.42) -1 12pim TOI 15:52
2011-12 NHL Ottawa 81-8-17-25 (ppg 0.31) +11 30pim TOI 14:09
The last pick in GM John Muckler’s last draft, the undersized Erik Condra was drafted after winning 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 (finishing 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 here). Outplaying fellow rookie Jim O’Brien, Condra was named Rookie of the Year in Binghamton (echoing his CCHA achievement).
In the final year of his ELC 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. Condra played a role in Ryan Shannon‘s increased production at the end of the season (15 of his 27 points came after Condra was recalled, 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 in landing a one-way). He’s a versatile player who doesn’t excel at any particular aspect of the game other than with his brain. Condra credits Randy Lee in helping his game. It was difficult to project how Condra would do last season, but his output was reasonable and remained fairly consistent (15 points in the first half, 10 points in the second); I predicted he would get 30 points this past season.
I expect more of the same from Condra this upcoming season, although his production will depend on his ice time and who he plays with. I’d predict very similar numbers, as his versatility allows Paul MacLean to play him up and down the lineup.