Canucks acquire Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich

Canucks acquire two players in exchange for 25th pick in the 2010 NHL Entry draft, Michael Grabner, and Steve Bernier.

Friday, 25.06.2010 / 8:18 PM / News
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Canucks acquire Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Keith Ballard and forward Victor Oreskovich from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Vancouver’s 25th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and forwards Steve Bernier and Michael Grabner.

Ballard, 27, finished second among Panthers defencemen in scoring, recording eight goals, 20 assists (8-20-28) and 88 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Panthers in 2009-10. Ballard made his NHL debut in 2005-06 with the Phoenix Coyotes where he collected 39 points (8-31-39) in his rookie season. In 397 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers he has collected 149 points (33-116-149) and 403 penalty minutes.

The 5’11” defenceman led all NHL defencemen in shorthanded goals with three in 2005-06. He has represented USA at the World Championships on three occasions, 2004 (bronze medal), 2007 and 2008, and at the World Junior Championships in 2001. The Baudette, MN native was originally selected 11th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Oreskovich, 23, played 50 games in his rookie season with the Panthers in 2009-10, recording six points (2-4-6) and 26 penalty minutes. The Whitby, ON native was originally selected 55th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Ballard's Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1999-2000 U.S. Nat'l Team Dev. Program-U-18 6 1 1 2 4
1999-2000 U.S. Nat'l Team Dev. Program-USHL 58 12 21 33 119
2000-2001 Omaha Lancers-USHL 56 22 29 51 168
2001-2002 University of Minnesota-WCHA 41 10 13 23 42
2001-2002 United States-WJC-A 7 1 1 2 4
2002-2003 University of Minnesota-WCHA 41 12 29 41 78
2003-2004 University of Minnesota-WCHA 37 11 25 36 83
2003-2004 United States-WC-A 8 1 0 1 2
2004-2005 Utah Grizzlies-AHL 60 2 18 20 -29 88 2 0 0
2005-2006 Coyotes 82 8 31 39 -18 99 1 3 1 102 7.8
2006-2007 Coyotes 69 5 22 27 -7 59 2 0 0 79 6.3
2006-2007 United States-WC-A 7 0 3 3 16
2007-2008 Coyotes 82 6 15 21 7 85 2 1 1 105 5.7
2007-2008 United States-WC-A 5 0 2 2 16
2008-2009 Panthers 82 6 28 34 14 72 1 0 1 106 5.7
2009-2010 Panthers 82 8 20 28 -7 88 1 0 1 90 8.9
NHL Totals 397 33 116 149 -11 403 7 4 4 482 6.8

 

Oreskovich's Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Milton IceHawks-OPJHL 49 28 46 74 51
2003-2004 Green Bay Gamblers-USHL 58 11 26 37 3 33 2 0 2
2004-2005 University of Notre Dame-CCHA 37 1 2 3 69
2005-2006 University of Notre Dame-CCHA 10 2 1 3 8
2005-2006 Kitchener Rangers-OHL 19 6 10 16 -1 16 4 0
2006-2007 Kitchener Rangers-OHL 62 28 32 60 15 48 14 0
2009-2010 Panthers 50 2 4 6 -8 26 0 0 0 55 3.6
NHL Totals 50 2 4 6 -8 26 0 0 0 55 3.6