Ballard shouldn't be taking a pounding to be effective in the d-zone. He's not a big man and would open himself up to injuries. He needs to utilize his speed and make his first pass a good one. Also, I think he would should be partnered with a rugged dman, such as Garrison and be given the freedom to use his speed. Put Tanev with Edler.
I remember on June 2010, I defended Ballard as I thought he was going to be our next Jovo. That's actually what caught me to join this site instead of CDC. That hasn't exactly turned out roses, but I think he still has that, but not for our system. Though, I do think he was our best defender last playoffs outside of Bieksa.