Ballard showing off his skills
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08-02-2008, 03:48 PM
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Ballard wears his heart on his sleeve each and every shift, and has one of the best hip checks out there. He was asked to pair up with Morris and forced to take on a primarily shutdown role against the opposing team's top line, but he's better suited to a second pairing with more offensive freedom. He could realistically put up 40 points (if the past two seasons haven't sucked his offensive skills dry) and be defensively responsible, but I think he's overmatched against the Iginlas and Thorntons out there.
Essentially a second-pairing defender who leads on and off the ice.
right now if things stay at status quo, ballard is a second pairing defensman.
if ballard is scoring 40+ points and playing defensively responsible, chances are he'll be more than just a second pairing defensman.
in his early years he was a bit of a roamer. last year he was a defensive defensman. the key now is to put it all together and become a "complete" defensman. if he can do that i think he'll be a top-pairing guy. i'm pretty confident he will with due time. i like ballard.
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