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03-12-2013, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by sully1410 View Post
He's playing 17 sheltered minutes a night because he's stuck behind two of the best D pairings in the league.

Apparently I'm alone on this, but Inhave consistently watched Ballard be misused in Vancouver and watched him be their best player in the ice during the LA series.
Yeah, I don't see it. He played decent in the LA series but he played more than 15 minutes in exactly one of those games (16:35). The matchups he drew were always the softest.

At this point in time he is what he is, a bottom pairing guy.

As far as the defencemen ahead of him in Vancouver go, look , it's not like they were all in place when Ballard was acquired. Since Ballard arrived Vancouver has gone out of their way twice (Hamhuis and Garrison) to spend big on guys to fill exactly the role you claim Ballard can fill.

At this point in time it's not just a matter of the clear top 4 (Edler, Bieksa, Hamhuis and Garrison) being ahead of Ballard. Tanev is also ahead of Ballard and at various points in his tenure in Vancouver even guys like Salo and Rome have been ahead of Ballard.

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