by PuckStopsHere on 07/14/11 at 02:04 PM ET
As I continue my summer posts on sabermetrics and hockey, today I will look at the worst 20 players in 2010/11 by their raw (unadjusted) Corsi rating. Here at the top 20 players; today is the flip side.
This group of players are generally not well known hockey players. Many play tough defensive roles on weaker teams and thus have the situation in which they play as an explanation for their poor rating. Those players who do not play tough roles are some of the weaker players who played regularly in 2010/11.
Here are the worst 20 players by unadjusted Corsi rating in 2010/11:
As with the top 20 players, there are several teams represented multiple times. There are six members of the Anaheim Ducks (Fowler, Marchant, McMillan, Sbisa, Koivu and Lilja), four members of the Minnesota Wild (Zanon, Nystrom, Madden and Cullen), three members of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Lupul, Aulie and Brent), two members of the New York Islanders (Konopka and Martin), two members of the Edmonton Oilers (Jones and Peckham), two members of the Montreal Canadiens (Mara and Sopel) and one Nashville Predator (Klein). Clearly team effects account for a significant portion in many of the players who appear here.
It is worth noting that Greg Zanon’s league worst rank of -429 and Cam Fowler’s -381 are well worse than any positive Corsi in the league - Ryan Kesler led the league with +337.
In the future I will apply some adjustments to this list in an effort to better isolate individual skill and take a look at some of the more interesting cases.
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