Making The Grade – Erik Condra



Season Review – One of only a handful of Senators’ players to suit up for all 48 games, Erik Condra‘s effort could never be questioned.  He is one player that you know what you are going to get from him night in and night out.  The big question being, is that enough to keep him in the NHL long term?  He scored just 12 points in the season, which translates to about 20 points over a full season. He continues to be a great penalty killer and energy guy.

May 2, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Erik Condra (22) during the warm-up session before the first period against Montreal Canadiens in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Playoffs – Condra combined with Coling Greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau to be the Senators’ most consistent line in the second round against the Penguins.  He had a goal and 6 assists in the playoffs, more than doubling his PPG from the regular season.

Contract Status – Condra is set to become a restricted free agent on July 5th. Ottawa has made the required qualifying offer to ensure the Senators have the right to match any offer.  He made $650K last season, and will likely get a raise to around $1M or so per year.

Importance To Franchise – If he can keep his offensive pace from the playoffs, then he can be a solid all-around contributor.  However, he looks destined to be a third or fourth liner for the balance of his career.  Those are the types of players who are interchangable when they get too expensive.

Needs to Improve – Few players get more chances with less success.  He needs to learn to cash those chances in.

Grade – B.  At the defensive end and as a penalty killer, he is an A.  Effort is an A.  But as far as contributions at the offensive end, when they needed some goals, he was one of the players who fell short.