Apr 14, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT
This post is a weekly look at how former Irish student-athletes are doing in professional sports after their time at Notre Dame has ended.
Anders Lee • NY Islanders
A late-season call up, Lee has been a force on the Islanders on both ends of the ice. Although he only played in 22 games, Lee netted nine goals and five assists. In the final two games of the season, Lee tallied three goals as you can see below.
Riley Sheahan • Detroit Red Wings
In his first (semi) full season with the Red Wings, Sheahan played in 42 games, scoring nine goals and notching 15 assists at the center position. Due to Sheahan’s offensive help, the Wings clinched their 23rd-straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and a first-round showdown with the Boston Bruins. Over the last week, Sheahan scored a pair of goals that you can see below.
Kyle Palmieri • Anaheim Ducks
Palmieri’s fourth season with the Ducks was his best in terms of offensive output as the right-winger tallied 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) en route to the top-seed in the Western Conference. The Ducks will play the Dallas Stars in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ian Cole • St. Louis Blues
Cole is defensive stalwart on the Blues backline, predominantly playing on the second or third line of the defense. On the season, Cole has scored three goals and dropped eight assists, helping the Blues to the three-seed in the Western Conference. Cole and the Blues will begin their quest for the cup against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Erik Condra • Ottawa Senators
Another year in the NHL is finished for this 2009 Notre Dame graduate. Seeing time in 76 games, Erik Condra has now tallied 10 or more points in every year he has played in the NHL (four), after a 16-point season in the 2013-14 (six goals, 10 assists).
Calle Ridderwall • Lev Praha (KHL)
Ridderwall’s team, Lev Praha, gained berth into the KHL playoffs and will be playing for the championship beginning on April 18th after running through the playoff field. On the season, Ridderwall registered 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 50 games and has played in nine playoff games so far this season, tallying two assists.
David Phelps • New York Yankees
Phelps has already pitched in six games for the Pinstripes this season and is a perfect one for one in save opportunities including a hold opportunity in Sunday night’s 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox
Jeff Samardzija • Chicago Cubs
The Cubs opening day starter for the second-consecutive year, Jeff Samardzija, the former Notre Dame two-sport athlete, holds on to a miniscule 1.29 ERA through three starts. Somehow, Samardzija is saddled with a 0-1 record even though he has gone 7.0 innings in each of his three starts this season.
John Axford • Cleveland Indians
Having already been used on seven occasions this season, John Axford has been busy on the bump for the Cleveland Indians. Having already collected four saves this season, Axford is allowing opposing hitters to bat just .111 in 5 2/3 innings of play.
A.J. Pollock • Arizona Diamondbacks
Notre Dame’s lone non-pitcher in the Majors, Pollock has bounced back after an early season rough patch that saw him go 0-13 to being the season. Since then, Pollock is batting .293 in the last 41 at bats (12 hits), including a solo shot this past week. Take a look at one of Pollock’s best defensive plays of the season below.
Jeff Manship • Philadelphia Phillies
In his first year with the Phillies, Jeff Manship has pitched 3 1/3 innings in four appearances, allowing three earned runs.
Having his PGA Tour Latin America card, Max Scodro is able to play in whatever events on tour he chooses. So far this season Scodro has made three of four cuts and currently sits in 37th place on the Tour’s money list with $5,077(dinero). In two events this season, Scodro has finished in the top-20 – T-17 at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open and T-14 at the Stella Artois Open.
Harrison Shipp • Chicago Fire
A homegrown talent in the Fire’s system, Shipp signed with Chicago after helping lead the Irish to the program’s first NCAA championship. Already showing his dynamic play with the Fire through his first five matches in the professional ranks, Shipp has tallied two assists of corner kicks this season.
Aaron Maund • Real Salt Lake
The 12th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Aaron Maund is in second season with Real Salt Lake after spending a season with Toronto FC. Maund has seen action in two matches this season along the backline.
Justin Morrow • Toronto FC
In his fifth year in the league, Morrow is starting to come into his own with Toronto FC. Having already started five games and played the full 90 minutes in each game, Morrow is easily on pace for his third-consecutive 1,000 minute season.
Jeb Brovsky • Montreal Impact
A regular along the Impact backline, Brovsky is coming off a season where he played in 30 matches and tallied two goals and two assists. So far this season, Brovsky has started three matches and played a total of 236 minutes.
Matt Besler • Sporting KC
One of the most decorated University of Notre Dame soccer players in history, Besler is a member of the United States Men’s National Team and was recently named the captain of his club team, Sporting KC. Coming off of an MLS Cup title last season, Besler and Sporting KC are continuing where they left off last season. Besler has started four games this year for his hometown team and was named Kansas City’s Sportsman of the Year last week.
Grant Van De Casteele • Colorado Rapids
A first round pick in the MLS SuperDraft, Van De Casteele is currently playing with the Rapids reserve team and recently netted a goal in an exhibition game (something he didn’t do in his final season at Notre Dame).
Dillon Powers • Colorado Rapids
The reigning MLS Rookie of the Year has continued his solid play in the midfield for one of the more exciting teams in MLS. Powers registered his first assist of the season on a nifty centering pass to a streaking Edson Buddle for the game-winning goal. You can see the assist below.
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