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Top 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Numbers

In this sabermetrics and hockey post, I am looking at adjusting Corsi Numbers for both team effects and zone starts as I described here.  This will be a pretty good indicator of puck possession of individual players that has zone starts and team effects accounted for.  These should be players who drove puck possession when they were on the ice.  These should be some of the more successful players in the roles that they played last season.

Here are the top 20 Corsi Numbers adjusted for zone starts and team effects from 2008/09:

2008/09 Top 20 Corsi Numbers Adjusted For Zone Starts And Team Effects
Adj Corsi Number 
 Rank in Top 20 Corsis  
1Ryan GetzlafAna+268.36


2Zach PariseNJD+254.4


3Pavel DatsyukDet+248.52


4Corey PerryAna+246.16


5Brian RafalskiDet+232.32


6Eric StaalCar+230.64


7Alexander OvechkinWas+219


8Nicklas LidstromDet+212.32


9Johan FranzenDet+210.52


10David MossCgy+201.68


11Dan BoyleSJS+197.68


12Scott GomezNYR+197.08


13Marian HossaDet+192.72


14Niklas KronwallDet+192.52


15Henrik ZetterbergDet+191.92


16Alexandre BurrowsVan+191.4


17Mike GreenWas+186.8


18Andrew LaddChi+174.96


19Bobby RyanAna+173.96


20Henrik SedinVan+173.8


This is a shuffling of the players on the top 20 Corsi list and a further shuffling of the zone starts adjusted top 20 list.  Five players make this list who are not on the raw top 20 list.  They are Eric Staal (who climbs to 6th place), Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Ladd, Bobby Ryan and Henrik Sedin.  Dropping off this list from the top 20 raw Corsi list are Mikael Samuelsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Brian Campbell, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.  The dropped players all come from teams that have team Corsi Numbers among the top four in the league.  The players replacing them, in general, come from weaker overall teams (when ranked by Corsi).  The exception is Andrew Ladd of the Chicago Blackhawks, who was used in a much more defensive role than his teammates who were dropped and had a large number of defensive zone starts (while they had offensive zone starts).

Ryan Getzlaf leads the league, which is not surprising given how well he did in some other simpler Corsi adjustments.  Getzlaf had a very good season with Anaheim last year and was used successfully in a puck possession role, where other players on the team were used in very defensive roles (especially their “zero line” of Rob Niedermayer, Sami Pahlsson and Travis Moen that remained together most of last season. 

This list is a group of players who did very well in terms of puck possession last year.  In the roles that they played with their teams, they tended to be driving puck possession.  This is a group of players who succeeded in their roles in 2008/09.

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