Erik Condra, a smallish Trenton, Michigan native, was a 7th round pick, 211th overall by the Senators in the 2006 draft. After a brief stint in the USHL, Condra went to Notre Dame where he has spent the last two seasons.
2003-04: Playing for Texarkana in the NAHL, Condra produced 20 goals and 24 assists along with 71 penalty minutes in 56 games. Seven of his goals were scored on special teams with six coming on the power play. Condra played in three playoff games with Texarkana, assisting on one goal and drawing 8 penalty minutes.
2004-05: Condra left the NAHL to join Lincoln in the USHL. He scored at a point-per-game pace with 30 goals and 30 assists in 60 games. Half of his goals were scored on special teams with 11 coming on the power play. Condra finished with a +5 and 56 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, Condra managed two assists and four penalty minutes as Lincoln was eliminated in the first round.
2005-06: Condra enjoyed a stellar freshman year at Notre Dame that culminated with being named Notre Dame’s Rookie of the Year and being selected to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He led the Fighting Irish in scoring with 34 points (six goals, 28 assists). He was the first freshman to lead Notre Dame in scoring in over a decade. Of the six goals Condra scored, three came on the power play. He posted his first collegiate career points (three assists) back on October 22, 2005 in Notre Dame’s 6-3 loss to the University of Denver. Condra’s most memorable game came on February 17 versus Bowling Green. In that game, Condra posted four assists to help lead the Irish to a 7-4 win.
2006-07: A sophomore with Notre Dame (CCHA), Condra netted 14 goals and 48 points (6th in league) through 42 games; all of the winger’s numbers this season were career-highs and his points again led the Irish. His plus-30 led the squad as well as the CCHA, and his 48 points were the most by a Notre Dame player since the 1990-91 season (Curtis Janicke-50). He picked up the tying goal in the CCHA Championship game, which the Irish went on to win over Michigan 2-1; he was selected to the CCHA All-Tournament Team for his efforts. He was named the Irish’s Offensive Player of the Year and was an honorable mention for the All-CCHA team.
2007-08: In 41 games with the Fighting Irish, Condra netted a career-high 15 goals and 38 points (top scorer for third straight season). The alternate captain missed time to a knee injury, but that didn’t stop him from being named Notre Dame’s Offensive Player of the Year and claiming a ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Five At-Large Second Team nod.
2008-09: The Notre Dame (CCHA) winger finished up his collegiate career this season. In 40 games, the team captain tallied 13 goals and 38 points, leading the team to the CCHA title and grabbing himself a CCHA All-Star second team nomination. He finished with 48 goals and 158 points in 159 games with the Fighting Irish. Expect to see him make his AHL debut with Binghamton next season.
2009-10: In his professional debut, Condra posted 11 goals, 27 assists, and 61 PIM with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.
2010-11: As he’s done his entire hockey career, Condra has quietly and consistently produced another great season splitting his time between Binghamton and Ottawa. In the AHL he teamed with Jim O’Brien to form a dangerous Binghamton second scoring line totaling 17 goals and 30 assists along with a team best plus 20 in just 55 contests. Called up to Ottawa to finish the season after the trade deadline house cleaning, he displayed his industriousness and high IQ adding six goals and five assists in the 26 games he suited up for. The Binghamton Calder Cup win was rewarding for him and his five goals and 12 assists were an important component to the team’s success.
Condra is a smart playmaking forward who is excellent around the net and along the boards. One attribute that makes Condra such a great player is his ability to find and get pucks to his teammates. He utilizes his teammates very effectively and has excellent on-ice vision allowing thread the needle with crisp passes through tight lanes. Condra is a crafty playmaker with tremendous patience with the puck as well as good poise and confidence. He is an outstanding skater with speed and quickness who also works and competes hard. His intensity combined with being strong on his skates, makes Condra a very difficult player for opposing defenders to contain. He is opportunistic and is willing to go into high traffic areas to make plays. While Condra is not an overly physical player, he’s not one to back down when challenged. Although he has shown strong two-way play statistically with excellent plus/minus ratings throughout his career, Condra still needs to improve his defensive habits.
Condra has been an opportunistic speedster who is dangerous and difficult to contain. Bulking up and increasing his overall strength will obviously go a long way in helping him remain an NHL player.