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Top 20 Adjusted +/- Ratings

Now that the season is over it is time to take a sabermetrics and hockey look at the 2010/11 season.  I will start by looking at adjusted +/- ratings.  There are multiple ways to do this.  One of the simplest is to find a baseline for a team to compare +/- ratings between teams.  This is a counting stat method first outlined in the Klein and Reif Hockey Compendium.

This technique will find players who succeeded in their role with their team.  It will select players who succeeded in easier roles where they played against lesser competition and it will select star players who played tougher roles and still succeeded.  There is no attempt to correct for quality of teammates or opposition.  It is a valid method to find players who succeeded in their roles with their teams and compare between teams.

Here are the top 20 players in 2010/11 by adjusted +/-:

2010/11 Top 20 Adjusted +/- Ratings
Rank  
Player   
Team   
Adj +/- 
1Toni LydmanAna

+33.6

2David BackesStL

+30.6

3Anze KopitarLA

+23.8

3Brian CampbellChi

+23.8

5Kevin BieksaVan

+21.8

6Zdeno CharaBos

+21.4

7Matt CarlePhi

+21.0

7Andrej MeszarosPhi

+21.0

9Jonathan ToewsChi

+20.8

10Daniel SedinVan

+19.8

11Lubomir VisnovskyAna

+19.6

11Franz NielsenNYI

+19.6

11Michael GrabnerNYI

+19.6

14Alexander OvechkinWas

+19.0

14Nicklas BackstromWas

+19.0

16Dan HamhiusVan

+18.8

16Mikael GrabovskiTor

+18.8

18Adam McQuaidBos

+18.4

19Jeff CarterPhi

+18.0

19Derek MacKenzieCBJ

+18.0



Toni Lydman leads the league.  At one point during the season I wrote about Lydman’s +/- rating.  Lydman did very well in his role.  David Backes of the St Louis Blues is slightly behind him.  He was an overlooked Selke candidate.  The two of them are well above any other players.

Some very good players are represented here in Zdeno Chara, Daniel Sedin, Alexander Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews.  There are underrated defensive stars in Franz Nielsen, Adam McQuaid and Derek MacKenzie here.  This is a group of players who succeeded in their roles last season. 

I think it is informative to look at some of the top players on this list to see the potential biases in their ratings and how well their 2010/11 really was.  I will do this in the future.

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