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I think more credit should go to Ballard for the Tanev goal than the twins because if Ballard didn't get the puck to Daniel there would have been no way the goal happens and he took two oilers out of the play by drawing them to him. I find it weird that everyone hates on Ballard when something goes wrong but say nothing when he does something good.

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In all fairness, don't you think it's because of his horrible giveaways/shot setups for the Oilers last night?

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In all fairness, don't you think it's because of his horrible giveaways/shot setups for the Oilers last night?

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Surprising turn of events as of late; Edler has been the one giving me the scares when he has the puck. He's been doing all kinds of weirdness with it... And Ballard again has been confident and reliable with the puck and looked much better than at any stage of his stay here. Tanev too - of course. But everyone knows that already.

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In all fairness, don't you think it's because of his horrible giveaways/shot setups for the Oilers last night?

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I would personally love to see what Ballard could do with some time on the pp. Alain Vigneault is driving this guy into the ground.

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Ballard has always been a decent D-man and has always been a quick smooth skater. He's just always been burried on the bottom pairing from Vigneault.

Ballard belongs in the top 4, always has..

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I think more credit should go to credit for the Tanev goal than the twins because if Ballard didn't get the puck to Daniel there would have been no way the goal happens and he took two oilers out of the play by drawing them to him. I find it weird that everyone hates on Ballard when something goes wrong but say nothing when he does something good.

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"blinded by the light of thine own ego"? .. if you look for fault, you will always find it! ..

Ballard was not "great" last night, but up until now, he, Hamhuis and Tanev have been our most consistently good D-men ..

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I'm not always looking for fault, just don't see the need to find an excuse to praise a guy who didn't play well. He's had way better games this season that he did actually deserve to be praised for, just not that one.

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Im gonna get flamed for this, but I've always thought Edler was overrated. When he's on his game he is a good Dman, but hes very inconsistent and doesnt bring his physical game every night, has bad defensive lapses from time to time..

If we packaged Schneider and Edler, we would get a HUGE return.

Our D would still be:

Hamhuis Bieksa

Ballard Garrison (he will come around)

Tanev Vandermeer/Alberts

Still a pretty good D core

And im not gonna start making proposals but Schneider and Edler would bring back a bonafied top 6 forward, with size that can put the puck in the net, or a great playmaker for the 2nd line.

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Ballard has always been a decent D-man and has always been a quick smooth skater. He's just always been burried on the bottom pairing from Vigneault.

Ballard belongs in the top 4, always has..

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He completely deserves credit for that. Got shoved but still had the presence of mind to get the puck to Daniel and away from the Oil D to set up the goal

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Okay. Credit to him for not getting pushed off the puck and successfully passing it to someone on his own team.

Seriously, I'm not one for hating on our players either, but it just seems like saying "good job for doing your job on that one play after making major mistakes throughout the entire rest of the game" is rather condescending. I say we give credit where credit is due and save the praise for when they do something great, not merely competent.

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I have enjoyed Ballard's play for much of this season. However, last night I noticed some play that had me scratching my head. He is inconsistent game to game. Late in the third period last night he tried to skate the width of his zone to skate it out, only to be caught for a turnover. Frustrating!

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