by PuckStopsHere on 07/07/12 at 02:31 PM ET
A couple weeks ago I posted the worst 20 players in 2011/12 by their Corsi rating. Worst on the list was Nick Schultz who split the year between the Minnesota Wild and the Edmonton Oilers and posted a -367 Corsi rating. When Schultz was on the ice in 5 on 5 situations, his opponents were in control of the puck and had 367 more attempted shots on goal than his team.
Schultz is a defensive defenceman with little offensive ability. He posted only seven points all season. He played on poor teams. He played in defensive situations with a significant number of defensive zone starts. This is the perfect situation for a player with limited ability to post a bad Corsi rating.
Schultz is a popular teammate who works hard and is willing to play in difficult situations. This makes him a popular player. The problem is he has never succeeded in his situation. Schultz is not a very good hockey player at the NHL level but he is exactly the kind of player that teams continue to play despite much success. It is telling that it is only weak teams that employ him.
It shows how poorly the Oilers are run in that they traded away Tom Gilbert to acquire a player like Schultz. Gilbert is no world beater but he is a three time 30 point scorer on defence who once posted 45 points in a season. He too played a more defensive role with his teams in 2011/12 and posted better offensive numbers and better puck possession numbers. This is a trade that gives Minnesota any upside. In a best case for the Oilers, Gilbert does not play well and is no better than Schultz. It is these kinds of trades that have helped to give Edmonton the worst record under the expiring CBA.
Nick Schultz posted the worst Corsi in 2011/12. This shows that he failed in his role with Minnesota and Edmonton. He is not a very good player and he is playing a very tough role. The two of those circumstances combined gave him the worst puck possession numbers in the league.
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