Nate Condon
Image: Univ. of Minnesota

Nate Condon

Hometown:

Wausau Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1990-05-29

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (200th overall), 2008

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Nate Condon was scheduled to join the Fargo Force, but opted to return to his Wausau high school to help win a championship. After racking up an impressive 59 points in just 23 games during his senior season at Wausau West High School (Wisconsin), Condon was named to the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Assiciation All-State Team. He earned Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year honors and led the Warriors to titles at both the Marathon Cup and Kuehlman Cup. Condon’s 155 career points rank second on Wausau West’s all-time scoring chart. Condon also attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

2008-09: Condon made a smooth adjustment from Wisconsin high school hockey to the more competitive USHL in his first season with the Fargo Force. In 58 games he scored 11 goals with 18 assists and finished +16 with 58 PMs. The Force advanced to the Clark Cup finals after finishing third in the West Division and in 10 playoff games Condon scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +1 with 2 PMs. Condon committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2010-11.

2009-10: Condon was the third-leading scorer for the Fargo Force in his second USHL season and was selected to play in the league's all-star game. One of three players to skate in all 60 games for Fargo, Condon scored 23 goals with 28 assists and was +3 with 20 PMs. Fargo reached the Clark Cup finals after finishing second in the West Division and in 13 playoff games Condon scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 6 PMs.

2010-11: Condon skated in 35 of 36 games for Minnesota as a freshman. On a Gophers team that struggled to finish above .500 and finished fifth in the WCHA, he scored 8 goals with 9 assists and was +8 with 14 PMs.

2012-13: Condon skated in all 40 games for Minnesota in his junior season. He scored 12 goals with 19 assists and was +15 with 8 penalty minutes. The Gophers finished first in the WCHA for the second straight season but were defeated by Colorado College in the WCHA semifinals. Minnesota received an at-large bid to the NCAA West Regional, falling to eventual national champion Yale, 3-2, in overtime in a semifinal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Condon has upper-echelon puck-handling skills and speed, but he has yet to put it all together. He is somewhat of a one-dimensional player, as his two-way play leaves more to be desired and he is not especially physical.

 

Future

Condon is currently in his senior season of college hockey and at the end of the season will decide to sign a professional contract with the Avalanche or test the free agent market. He can provide the Monsters with secondary scoring and be relied on to kill penalties.

 

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