Keith Ballard Discussion
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02-01-2013, 05:23 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: British Columbia
Guy still gets unfairly ripped by some.
He hasn't been able to show his offensive side to his game with only like 0:30 of PP time in over 2 seasons. But he has some hockey IQ, knows when to jump into the rush, when to make a pass in the offensive zone, exc. And while he doesn't have a bomb for a shot I do think his wrist shot is more accurate than most think (Even slapper to some extent)
Obviously the skating ability he has (easily the best on our blueline IMO) Lends itself to people hoping for more offensively in terms of rushing the puck, but he isn't Erik Karlsson, he is a guy who is great on the rush as the trailing guy, or the guy who blazes up ice and walks in the backdoor, but he won't lead the rush and go through the team and score.
Defensively he is showing he is solid once again, good one on one, good shot blocker, and I think we know the rest.
Tanev has been great but unless Tanev is some robot controlling both he and Bally, it is Ballard who deserves most the credit.
Playing great & showing us some of the play that made MG go out and get him. Just wish AV would give him some PP time, skating ability could be a huge asset.
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