Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Ottawa Senators Official Website FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators

ALL regular season home game TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 BUY TICKETS > 
Features
 

Condra aiming to bring new dimension to Senators

'Reliable' Ottawa forward wants to increase his offensive output in season ahead

Friday, 10.08.2012 / 2:13 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
X
Share with your Friends


Condra aiming to bring new dimension to Senators
Senators forward Erik Condra wants to add more scoring to his defensive presence with the team (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).

Erik Condra takes pride in being a reliable guy.

But along with that reputation of being Mr. Dependability — the kind of player Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean can count on in any situation — goes the thought that Condra isn't necessarily on the ice to score.

It's a perception he's working hard to change.

"My focus is to be a smart, reliable guy defensively," Condra said during a break from his summer training back home in Michigan. "What I've been working on a little bit is my strength and skating, but also stickhandling and shooting. I think I create a lot of opportunities for myself, but sometimes I have to bear down and bury it a little more."

During 2011-12, his first full season in the National Hockey League, the 26-year-old Condra produced eight goals and 25 points in 81 games. But he's also someone who notched a pair of two-goal games during his first extended callup in Ottawa at the end of the 2010-11 campaign. That same season, Condra totalled 17 goals and 47 points in 55 games for the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League.

In other words, there's a scoring touch there. It's just a matter of regaining it.

"As a reliable guy, it wouldn't be bad to gain an option of being a scoring threat and, hopefully, contribute in that way," Condra said in an interview with ottawasenators.com. "I think I can do that. It's just a matter of honing those skills and having the confidence to be in that role."

After playing an integral role in the B-Sens' drive to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup, Condra was among a group of Binghamton players who brought a youthful injection to the Ottawa lineup last season. It created a chemistry that propelled the Senators to a playoff berth that many considered unlikely at the season's outset.

"I think we sparked some youth and energy with (the team's veterans)," said Condra. "And they handed down the experience and some of their love for the game as well. So we just had a great time last year and we really clicked, and I think that's what led to some of our success last year. Our big guys stepped up and had great years and I have a feeling they're going to do the same this year."

Of course, Condra couldn't be happier that the most important veteran of them all — captain Daniel Alfredsson — has decided to return for a 17th season with the Senators.

"He's the heartbeat of this organization," said Condra. "It's great for young guys like me to play with a guy like that and skate with him and learn so many things. He's such a smart player and so skilled. We did lose a couple of guys, a couple of friends, but that's the business. And we brought some guys in who are more than capable of stepping up and taking on roles.

"I'm excited to get back and hang out with some of those guys, and get back into the swing of things and get back to playing some real games."

For the rest of our 'Friday Phone Call' conversation with Erik Condra, click here.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06