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Keith Ballard  #2

Minnesota Wild  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: November 26, 1982  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Baudette, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 199 DRAFTED: BUF / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (11th overall)
PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS
*Third trip to Stanley Cup Playoffs
*Made 2014 playoff debut in Game 3 vs. CHI (5/6) and skated 11:26 and recorded two hits
*Suffered upper-body injury in Game 4 vs. CHI (5/9)
*Appeared in 10 playoff games with Vancouver in 2011 including Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final at BOS (4/8/11)

2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS
*Season-high +3 at EDM (2/27)
*Notched game-tying goal with 4:05 left in regulation, skated season-high 20:55 and tied season-high with 3 shots at CGY (2/1)
*Had season-high 12 PIM, including two fighting major for first time in his career at PIT (12/19)
*Registered season-high five hits at COL (12/14)
*Missed 16 games with upper-body injury (10/15-10/28, 11/7-11/25) and final 14 games of regular season with lower-body injury
 
USHL First All-Star Team (2001) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2002) WCHA First All-Star Team (2003, 2004) NCAA West First All-American Team (2004) Traded to Colorado by Buffalo for Steve Reinprecht, July 3, 2003. Traded to Phoenix by Colorado with Derek Morris for Ossi Vaananen, Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft, March 9, 2004. Traded to Florida by Phoenix with Nick Boynton and Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Jared Staal) in 2008 Entry Draft for Olli Jokinen, June 20, 2008. Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Victor Oreskovich for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and Vancouver's 1st round choice (Quinton Howden) in 2010 Entry Draft, June 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 5, 2013.
Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp