by PuckStopsHere on 07/26/12 at 04:01 PM ET
Several days ago I posted the 20 best players in 2011/12 by their team adjusted Corsi rating. This is an attempt to find players who were team leaders in puck possession. This leadership is often partly due to the talents of the player in question and the circumstances they play. Good players who play in offensive situations will tend to have good team adjusted Corsi ratings and weaker players who play in defensive situations will tend to have weak team adjusted Corsi ratings.
Today I am looking at the flipside. These are the twenty worst players by team adjusted Corsi last season. The players considered here all played 50 or more games with only one team in order to be able to properly adjust for their team.
Here are the worst 20 players by team adjusted Corsi in 2011/12:
For the most part this list of players are lesser lights who play defensive roles on their teams. Two are known to have significant offensive ability in Jarome Iginla and Mike Richards who are at the end of the list. Particularly disturbing is Iginla who at age 35 is on the downside of a Hall of Fame career and may not be able to recover. Calgary depends on top play from him and he may no longer be able to provide it.
Manny Malhotra leads this list, but he did so playing a record number of defensive zone starts so when that is taken into account he should move back toward the pack. It is Jim Slater who is most likely the worst puck possession player in the league last season from these numbers.
There are players who had poor puck possession seasons who played with multiple teams including Nick Schultz who had the worst raw Corsi in the NHL last season. These players are missing from the adjusted Corsi rankings as they do not qualify. They may be among the league worst if they did qualify.
This list shows you some of the worst puck possession players in 2011/12. Many of these players are weak players and that is why they have weak puck possession numbers but some appear here because of tough defensive roles rather than weak play.
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