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01-18-2011, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by MS View Post
Biggest disappointment with Ballard continues to be how he's used.

When he's actually been given icetime, he's been very good - +7 in 10 games where he was over 17 minutes of playing time. The one brief stretch where he got 20+ minutes for 3-4 games, he looked great.

He has a better PP pedigree than Hamhuis does, but has received pretty much 0 PP time while Hamhuis has been an (ineffective) stalwart on the #2 unit.

Sees nothing but 3rd-pairing icetime with Alberts/Rome. Whenever Rome is in the lineup, Ballard inexplicably plays less than Rome.

I've never seen a player set up to fail the way Ballard has been with this club right from the first game of the preseason. To his credit, he's handled it with nothing but class.


Biggest disappointment so far has been Samuelsson.

Started the season as an absolute disaster in October, played better for about 20 games through November and early December, but has been ghastly again since Christmas.

Has been one of our poorest forwards defensively, making awful decisions with the puck, has been less involved physically than last season, and his production has basically just been a function of the excellence of the Sedins and Kesler.

Has been the worst player on the team since Christmas. Tambellini is struggling offensively, but the effort is there and he's still doing little things to help the team. Samuelsson is not. 0-1-1 in his last 11 games with loads of icetime while contributing nothing physically or defensively.

It's been amazing how poor he's been after being so outstanding through the last month of the regular season last year and in the playoffs.

Bloody Amen. There is no justification for how Ballard gets 14 minutes of ice whereas Bieksa gets 28. Yes Bieksa is playing perhaps the best hockey of his career but that discrepancy is incredible.

Ballard has looked great when called upon to play significant minutes.

Unless they are juicing Bieksa's stats/ice for a trade, it's hard to fathom why this is happening.

And yes, Ballard has been the consummate teammate thusfar, and has been remarkably modest. Even his remarks on his fight show how little of an ego this guy has.

Sammy on the other hand has struggled all year as he's effectively avoided rough areas of the ice and isn't skating nearly as well as he was last year. It could be a veteran thing though - saving himself for the playoffs.

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