Its something that is pretty obvious.
- He was played as a top-4 defenseman in Phoenix & Florida, got to penalty kill and play the power play
- He was paired with some good players as well in Michalek, Morris, McCabe & Seidenberg
- He is also pretty darn tough and fought a lot of tough players in his career
- He can rush the puck like no other up the ice and has great vision
There is just one thing missing from his game that we need: POWER PLAY
He now has developed a VERY GOOD defensive game. He just needs to have some offensive time back and then he'll definitely be worth his $4.2 million.
He needs to be used on the 2nd unit. He passes the puck so well on the power play and has a good slap shot and wrist shot to boot.
These videos aren't all power play goals, but they show that he has incredible offensive instincts.
Amazing effort in front of the net:
BIG slap shot:
And of course, this one:
All in all, I hope we keep Ballard and use him more on the power play.
He would really help either unit!
Sedin Sedin Kesler
Booth ???? Burrows
EDIT: He averaged around 2 goals and 10 assists per 82 games on the power play before he came to Vancouver.
He also averaged over 1 shorthanded goal and 2 shorthanded per 82 games assists before he came here.
Good special teams guy to have (if used properly)!
Edited by Frédéric Chopin, 06 August 2012 - 06:11 PM.