Montreal added to their prospect pool on Thursday, announcing the signing of college free agent winger Lucas Condotta to a one-year, entry-level contract. The deal is for the 2022-23 season and carries a $750,000 salary and a signing bonus of $80,000.
The 24-year-old left winger recently wrapped up his college career with U-Mass Lowell where he served as the captain this season. After being more of a complementary scorer in his first three seasons, Condotta took a nice step forward in his senior year, notching 10 goals and 13 assists in 33 games, good for third in River Hawks scoring.
Condotta’s offensive profile isn’t one that would seemingly merit an NHL contract but he’s known for his strength and a lot of his points have come from around the net. That style of play works well in the pros and it’s an area of weakness on the current team so perhaps that played a role in this decision.
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Condotta will sign a tryout agreement with Laval in the coming days which will permit him to join them for the rest of their season and be playoff-eligible. With his age and only being on a one-year deal, he won’t have a lot of time to make his case to be viewed as a piece of the puzzle for the future so whatever time he has with the Rocket this season will be critical.