Tanev is a stud, for real. Ballard has obviously improved his play, and played well tonight, I will agree, but he still has a way to go to be earning that salary. He still makes pretty poor decisions in his own end. I like his toughness, and I would really like to see more of that physical play. He is at his best when he plays with that edge
I think it's just a lot of bad luck for Ballard. When he came into our system he tried to maintain that edge but always got punished for doing so, which probably hurt his confidence and play style a LOT. Hopefully that's all washed over, cause a mean Ballard is the best Ballard.