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12-02-2011, 01:12 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Interesting to note that Ballard is almost 50% despite playing the majority of his minutes with players well below that total. Further to that he starts a lot more in the defensive zone then some of the other defenseman.
Watching the games I have mostly felt that Ballard was crap this season but these numbers certianly will force me to re-evaluate.
I don't want to turn this in to a Ballard hate fest and I'll probably leave once the "Ballard Suxs!" posters come by but I personally think Ballard has been getting better since hes come back from his injury. I especially like him when hes playing with skilled players like the Sedins. Hes really adapt to keeping the puck in the off zone and making some nice passes. Hes also got the quickness and speed to do well in the transition game. I think it just boils down to Ballards finish. His shooting is the only thing thats holding him back. And with some more playing time I see him finishing his chances more regularly.
The thing with Ballard is that hes sort of like Bieksa in that he needs some one who he can trust playing as his d partner. If he doesn't trust his partner (ie Alberts) hes less likely to pass him the puck and more likely to try to skate the puck out or shoot it up the boards which cause turnovers or negates the teams transition to offense.
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