Mike Condon
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Mike Condon

Hometown:

Needham Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-27

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2008

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Mike Condon was one of the top goalies in New England prep school hockey as a junior for Belmont Hill in Massachusetts. He played in 31 games and had a 2.13 goals against and .931 save percentage. Belmont Hill reached the semifinals of the New England Prep school tournament, falling to eventual champion Avon Old Farms, and finished the year 22-7-3. Condon committed to playing college hockey at Princeton in 2009-10 in May 2008.

2008-09: Condon had the fourth-best save percentage (.935) in New England prep school hockey and was among the leaders in games played (31) as a senior at Belmont Hill. He finished the year with a 2.13 goals against. Belmont Hill reached the quarterfinals in the prep tournament, falling to eventual runner-up Exeter, 4-2.

2009-10: Condon appeared in four games for Princeton in his freshman season. The Tigers’ third goalie behind senior Zane Kalemba and junior Alan Reynolds, he was 0-1 with a 2.44 goals against and .902 save percentage in 123 minutes of action. One year after finishing third in ECAC Hockey and nearly upsetting Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA West Regional, the Tigers slipped to eighth and were swept by Harvard in an ECAC first round series.

2010-11: Condon played in 11 games for Princeton as a sophomore. Splitting time with highly-touted freshman Sean Bonar and Reynolds, he was 6-4-1 with 1 shutout and had a 2.82 goals against and .902 save percentage. The Tigers finished in a three-way tie for fourth in ECAC Hockey but were upset in a three-game first round series by 11th-place St. Lawrence. Bonar started all three playoff games.

2011-12: Condon returned to Princeton for his junior season after undergoing off-season hip surgery. He once again split time with Bonar, appearing in 14 games, and was 4-6-3 with a 2.88 goals against and .919 save percentage. The Tigers finished 11th in ECAC Hockey in Coach Bob Prier’s first season and lost to Yale in a three-game playoff series. Bonar once again started all three playoff games.

2012-13: Condon made an impressive pro hockey debut following his senior season at Princeton and was signed to a two-year, entry-level contract as a free agent by Montreal in May 2013. He signed an AHL contract with the Houston Aeros in April after skating in four ECHL games in March. In five regular season games with the Aeros he was 3-0 with a 2.39 goals against and .919 save percentage.  He appeared in three playoff games for Houston and was 1-2 with a 3.69 goals against and .909 save percentage. Condon signed with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign in March and was 3-1 with 1 shutout; posting a 1.48 goals against and .943 save percentage. He emerged as the starter for Princeton in his senior season, playing a career-high 24 games, including both playoff games against Cornell. He was 8-11-4 and had a 2.48 goals against and .923 save percentage. The Tigers finished tied for seventh in ECAC Hockey with Brown.

 2013-14: Condon appeared in three games with Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his first pro season — spending most of the season with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. He was 1-1 and had a 2.48 goals against and .909 save percentage playing in the AHL. Condon was 23-12-4 with 6 shutouts in 39 games for Wheeling and had a 2.18 goals against and .931 save percentage. The Nailers finished second in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Condon was 6-3 with 2 shutouts in 10 playoff games and had a 2.50 goals against and .926 save percentage. 

2014-15: Condon played in 48 games for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his second pro season, sharing the goaltending duties for the Bulldogs with minor league veteran Joey MacDonald. He was 23-19-0 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.44 goals against and .921 save percentage. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Condon signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens in February 2015.

Talent Analysis

Condon has decent size for a goaltender that uses the butterfly position, and his rebound control makes him a phenomenal presence. He plays well under pressure and can handle a surplus of shots in a short amount of time without losing his cool. He has the prototypical qualities that the Canadiens brass cherishes: character and solid work ethic. His positioning and side-to-side movement need to improve at the pro level, but he made great strides to improve them last season. At the age of 25, Condon projects as a back-up goaltender, at the NHL level, that could be a year away from achieving that, and is an above-average starter in the AHL.

Future

Condon will likely be the starting goaltender in St. John's throughout 2015-16, with either Eddie Pasquale or Zachary Fucale serving as back-up.

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