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Edler's inconsistency and Ballard replacement


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#31 Dayman

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

on the bright side - Garrison's looking great out there

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

Btw Edler is our leading scorer and we still have something bad to say about him ...CDC is awesome

There's no doubt he's offensively gifted. But he plays defense. And he's gotta be better in that department. I love his offensive game, and at times he is great defensively. Like I said above, he made a great play to set up his goal. But he also made a terrible play to allow the Eberle goal
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

you said alberts i stopped reading the thread.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

Should have kept SALO!!!!
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

I thought Ballard played well last night other than that giveaway (which was bad), but other than that I thought he played a solid game. I also really like the way AV is handling the minutes of the D this year. Garrison is looking really good so far and I believe once he and Edler develop some more chemistry, they will be one of the best pairings in the league.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Ballard and Tanev have been pretty good so far.  (2 games doesn't make a suitable sample size however...)  Ballard's contract is what gets people cranky because his play is decent.

Let's not forget Kassian's giveaway to Shultz that had the same result as Ballard's giveaway to Horcoff.

The Canucks lost to Anahiem because they were out skated and played small.  The loss to Edmonton was a result of failure to convert on the powerplay and general lack of a killer instinct. Also, the shootout.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I agree with everyone talking about Edler seeming uncomfortable without a veteran D beside him, but, in my opinion, skating without one is exactly what Edler needs! He's not really going to develop that consistency, the factor we all agreed was the only thing he needed to reach the top tier of defensemen, as long as he's being babysat. There will be some growing pains, for sure. There will be some tough nights and some great nights. I believe, though, with the new contract and a new D partner that's more of a partner than a mentor, he'll learn that consistency and finally become the reliable #1 we all know he can be.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Re: Ballard, he's unnecessary and redundant on the Canucks' 3rd pairing. I fully believe that Gillis acquired him as an insurance policy a few summers ago in case he wasn't able to sign Hamhuis, which is too bad because he parted with a valuable, talented player in Michael Grabner to get a player whom the Canucks ultimately didn't need. Hindsight is 20/20 but still, we could really use a player of Grabner's talent right about now. He scored a sick goal today for the Islanders. :(

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

You guys on Ballard is ridiculous. He was better than most last game. Hamhuis was god awful...running into his own team mates, letting guys open behind him, turnovers, giving up odd man rushes.

But its 2 games in. Relaaax.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

Vandermeer, Barker, and Alberts will all get their shots, but for the time being Ballard and Tanev are and have always been solid together since they were first put together. Sure, he' not perfect, but who has been? It's only been two games, while I remind and point out the obvious that there was no preseason this year, give Ballard and everyone else time, they are adjusting quite rapidly.

As for Edler I completely disagree. He's been incredible and arguably the best player so far. He's saved goals, broken up plays, taken the body, made efficient and accurate passes/plays, and chipped in offensively. He's going to make mistakes, but he's also going to learn from them. So far he looks WAY better than last year.
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