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Keith Ballard

32-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 204   DOB: 11/26/1982   BORN: Baudette, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #11 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.

May 11, 2015  –  Keith Ballard News

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Ballard said during Monday's media availability that he is still experiencing the effects of a concussion suffered Dec. 9, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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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 14 0 1 1 -3 26 5 0.0 0 0 12:03 0 0 0 0:02 15 20
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2013-14 13:37 0:45
2014-15 12:03 0:02

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

Ballard (concussion) appears unlikely to play again this season, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (concussion) skated with the team Sunday.

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Ballard is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is weighing retirement, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Knowing what we know about concussions, I have to think about the long term," Ballard said.

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The Wild placed Ballard (concussion) on IR, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard is dealing with a concussion and multiple facial fractures and is considered out indefinitely, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Ballard was taken to an area hospital after a tough hit from the Islanders' Matt Martin midway through the second period Tuesday that appeared to briefly knock him out, NHL.com reports.

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Ballard (illness) has been activated from injured reserve.

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Ballard (illness) is expected to return Saturday against the Canadiens, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (illness) practiced with the team Monday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports

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Ballard (illness) hasn't shown much improvement with his condition, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Ballard (illness) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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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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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015-16

There was no outlook written for Keith Ballard.

2014-15

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 being a calming veteran presence in the locker room. So, like last season, he's likely to be scratched in favor of younger players like Matt Dumba or Christian Folin. He'll get 40-50 games, but there may be better alternatives with higher upside available in your draft or on waivers.

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.