by PuckStopsHere on 08/04/10 at 01:24 PM ET
Corsi ratings are the difference between the number of shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) in 5 on 5 situations for a given team and their opponents when a given player is on the ice. It is a strong measure of puck possession. There are several factors independent of the player in question that I have attempted to remove. They are team effects - as good teams will tend to possess the puck more than bad ones regardless of which player is on the ice and the player’s usage, namely if he starts a lot more shifts in the offensive or defensive zones.
Here are the worst 20 team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings from the 2009/10 season:
For this list, I only considered players who played 50 or more games because it is unfair to apply a team adjustment to a player who barely played with that team. A player needs to have played a significant enough number of games for this ranking to be meaningful.
This list of 20 players put up some of the weaker performances in 2009/10.
At the top of the worst player list by this metric is Jason Strudwick, a player who inexplicably remains employed by the Oilers due to the fact he is a good teammate and a hard worker and that seems more important than his ineffectual play in the minds of Oiler management.
Colton Orr is next. He is an ineffective checking forward in Toronto.
Steve Eminger had a poor year on the Anaheim defence and he is third worst.
Rob Niedermayer is no longer an effective checking forward, but remains employed due to his last name as much as any other reason. He will be playing in Buffalo this season and that is his third team in three years.
Karlis Skrastins is the final in the group of five who have a lead over the rest of the league. He failed in Dallas this year.
Next up is Lauri Korpikoski in Phoenix and Kirk Maltby, the once effective Detroit checking forward.
Ethan Moreau had a poor year in Edmonton, but will have a chance to ply his trade in Columbus this year. Trevor Daley was a poor Dallas defenceman.
Zbynek Michalek managed to get a big contract out of the Pittsburgh Penguins despite a poor season. He was part of a much improved Phoenix Coyote team and got credit for it that he didn’t deserve. I expect that the Penguins will regret that signing.
Ryan Johnson was a failed Vancouver Canuck checking forward and he comes next. He is followed by new Canuck Keith Ballard, who struggled as the Florida shutdown defenceman. He had the worst raw Corsi in the league and this was due to a combination of a poor team, a tough defensive assignment and a poor individual performance. Tanner Glass is the third consecutive player who is Canuck property.
Ed Jovanovski is a defenceman who has been largely ineffective since signing in Phoenix and he comes next. Jovanovski was far more valuable on his previous teams.
Ben Eager had a poor year despite winning the Stanley Cup. He is one of the players that Chicago gave up that won’t hurt them much.
Dustin Brown is well respected as a hitter and for his penalty drawing ability, but he is a poor puck possession player.
Maxim Lapierre, Michal Handzus, Francois Bouillon and Rick Rypien fill out this list of dishonor.
This is not a list of the 20 worst players in the NHL by any stretch. There are many aspects of hockey not taken into account by puck possession and these numbers do not include special teams. Also, many of the seldom used goons in the NHL do not get enough playing time to fall to the bottom on a stat like this. Nevertheless, it is not a good sign if your player is on this list. He is not helping his team at even strength.
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