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12-04-2012, 07:21 PM
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Ballard would be considered a great skater if he was a forward. Still not excellent, but great. He's not, he's a defenseman and the expectations are different. As Wilch posted above, you're looking for fluid backwards skating, smooth and strong lateral movement, ability to make tight turns, excellent pivoting, etc. Ballard is average to above average in most of those areas and sucks at pivoting. That's why Hamhuis is the best skater on our team, not Ballard.

Corrado might not have the advantage in straight up speed but he's excellent in every other area, that's what makes him such an excellent skater overall.

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