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Keith Ballard

31-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Ballard is no longer the 20-plus point player he was before moving to Vancouver in the 2010-11 season. His game is in decline and his possession numbers have been in the negative for three of the last four seasons. He's not providing the Wild with what they need, despite bei...

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STATUS:  Day-To-Day    INJURY:  Illness    EST. RETURN:  10/30/2014
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 208   DOB: 11/26/1982
BORN: Baudette, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #11 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Keith Ballard Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $3 million contract with Minnesota in July of 2013.

October 25, 2014  –  Keith Ballard News

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Ballard (illness) will not be with the Wild on their upcoming road trip, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's MIchael Russo reports.

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Keith Ballard NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2005-06 22 82 8 31 39 -18 99 102 7.8 1 3 1 0 1
2006-07 23 70 5 22 27 -7 59 79 6.3 0 0 2 0 2
2007-08 24 82 6 15 21 7 85 105 5.7 1 1 2 0 2
2008-09 25 82 6 28 34 14 72 106 5.7 1 0 22:22 1 4 5 2:20 172 136
2009-10 26 82 8 20 28 -7 88 90 8.9 1 0 22:24 1 8 9 1:58 156 201
2010-11 27 NHL VAN 65 2 5 7 10 53 53 3.8 0 0 15:54 0 0 0 0:13 99 111
2011-12 28 NHL VAN 47 1 6 7 0 64 41 2.4 0 0 15:33 0 0 0 0:13 61 63
2012-13 29 NHL VAN 36 0 2 2 -2 29 35 0.0 0 0 15:28 0 0 0 0:16 45 34
2013-14 30 NHL MIN 45 2 7 9 -7 37 29 6.9 0 0 13:37 0 2 2 0:45 58 37
2014-15 31 NHL MIN 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 7:08 0 0 0 0:00 0 0
2014-15 Proj 31 NHL MIN 57 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Keith Ballard

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Keith Ballard – Playing Time Overview

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#4 Left Defenseman

Time On Ice Stats

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Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Keith Ballard was on the ice for 7:08.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Keith Ballard was on the ice for 0:00 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 15:28 0:16
2013-14 13:37 0:45
2014-15 7:08 0:00

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Keith Ballard 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 25 TB Did Not Play
Oct 23 ARI Did Not Play
Oct 19 at LA Did Not Play
Oct 17 at ANH 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 7:08 0:00
Oct 11 at COL Did Not Play
Oct 9 COL Did Not Play

Keith Ballard: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ballard (illness) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Lightning.

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Ballard (illness) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard is expected to play Friday against Anaheim, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (lower body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard took a shot off his body in practice Tuesday which likely led to him missing practice Wednesday. He'll be held out of Thursday's game but is expected to take part in the team's morning skate, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Ballard (lower body) is set to return to the lineup in Thursday's preseason match against St. Louis.

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Ballard left Thursday's exhibition loss to Pittsburgh with what's believed to be a minor lower-body injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (hernia) was a full participant in the first practice and scrimmage of Minnesota's training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard had sports hernia surgery after the season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (head) is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Ballard (head) will not play in Sunday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Ballard left Friday's win over Chicago with a head injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Ballard's three-year stint as a Canuck was a major disappointment (16 points in 148 games), but he's still only 30 years old and may be able to rebound in Minnesota. He'll likely compete for a spot on the second or third defensive pairing. Watch and wait to see how he fits in his new digs before making a fantasy commitment.

2012-13

Ballard had another disppointing season for the Canucks in 2011-12, finishing with just seven points (1 G, 6 A) in 47 games. Aside from the occasional healthy scratch, he also missed significant time due to a concussion and a neck injury. Both issues appear to be a thing of the past, though, as Ballard was able to return for the Canucks’ first-round playoff loss to the Kings. His lofty contract ($4.2 million) will keep him in the mix for a spot in the Canucks’ top six on the back end, but Ballard will need to produce to hold on to the No. 5 or No. 6 spot in the defensive rotation. Forget about his glory days in Florida, Ballard is a long way from reaching those type of 30-point years that used to seem a given.

2011-12

Ballard was a big disappointment in his first season with the Canucks. After averaging 30 points per season through his first five years in the NHL, Ballard managed just seven points in his debut campaign with Vancouver. He was routinely a healthy scratch by the end of the regular season, and only saw ice time in the playoffs due to multiple injuries on the Canucks’ back end. Despite his abysmal debut up north, Ballard is a bounce-back candidate for the 2011-12 season. With Christian Erhroff now patrolling the blue line in Buffalo, Ballard, with his cap hit of $4.2 million, will be asked to take on a bigger role with the Canucks. He’s a late-round flier, but Ballard could return to the 30-point range we’ve seen from him in past seasons.

2010-11

Ballard will be sporting his third sweater in four seasons after an offseason trade to Vancouver. The 28-year-old blueliner hasn’t been able to live up to the 40-point promise he showed during his rookie campaign in 2005-06, but he has developed into a blue-chip defenseman at the NHL level. His move from a cellar-dwelling team in Florida to a talent-rich roster in Vancouver should result in more scoring opportunities and a much better plus/minus rating. Ballard won’t be a defensive option to build your fantasy team around, but he’ll be a solid addition to your stable of blueliners.

2009-10

Ballard won't be a first-tier fantasy defenseman, but he's definitely a secondary or tertiary option worth consideration when drafts and auction are winding down. He had a tidy 6-28—34 last season and should be in line for about the same.

2008-09

Armed with a new long-term deal, Ballard will break onto the Panthers scene with intriguing possibilities. While it would be somewhat outlandish to suggest he could produce 39 points like he did in 2005-06, Ballard does seem likely improve upon the 21 points he posted last season. Furthermore, he will probably get in a few more fights with a Florida team that has lacked pugilists in years past, so expect a bump in PIMs as well.

2007-08

Keith Ballard is one of the blue chip defensemen in the NHL. Beginning his third year, Ballard has already proven his value with being ranked second on the team in hits and blocked shots, and third on the team in overall ice time. Look for Ballard to continue his notable progress in 2007-2008, and become one of the elite defensemen.

2006-07

Ballard is set to embark upon his sophomore year after having a stellar rookie season. Phoenix added some defenseman this season, so Ballard's role is not yet defined, but after such a successful debut, he should be looking to match last year's productivity.

2005-06

Along with Mara and a few others, Ballard is one of the young, talented defensemen on the Coyotes. Phoenix has big hopes for Ballard, who was the team’s 2002 first-round pick (11th overall). Unlike many of the Coyotes, he played during the lockout. In his first pro season, he tied for Utah’s (AHL) team lead in assists with 18 and also played in the 2005 AHL All-Star game. He’s a good choice in keeper leagues.