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Jim Slater’s Poor Corsi

Yesterday I posted the worst players by team adjusted Corsi rating.  There were two players who are runaway leaders.  They are Manny Malhotra of Vancouver who posts a -335.2 team adjusted Corsi and Jim Slater of Winnipeg who posts a -333.8 adjusted Corsi.  These two players are more than 50 points worse than any other in the league.  Manny Malhotra is a far more excusable.  Just as Malhotra is the worst when Corsi is expressed as a rate stat this is due to the fact that he had more defensive zone starts than anyone in history and that will negatively affect his Corsi.  I will adjust these Corsi ratings for zone starts in a while in order to take that into account. 

That leaves Jim Slater as the worst puck possession player by this statistic.

Slater plays a relatively tough defensive role as well, but not on the level of Malhotra.  Where Slater has 28.5% of his non-neutral zone starts in the offensive zone, Malhotra is at 13.2%.  Both play against tough opposition.  Slater doesn’t play as tough a role as Malhotra and isn’t producing any better results.  Malhotra hasn’t kept up the level of play he had in 2010/11 that saw him receive Selke Trophy consideration.  Neither is a star but both are playing a tough role on their team.  I wouldn’t draw the conclusion that either is hurting his team.  It is the tough circumstances in which they play that gives them such poor puck possession.

I don’t think Slater is a particularly strong player and Malhotra is somewhat better but they do play a tough role.  Part of their benefit to their teams is the fact that they free up better offensive teammates to play in the better offensive situations.

In the future I will further adjust these numbers for zone starts and we will get a better measure of the values of these players.  They may have poor puck possession numbers but this is largely due to the circumstances of where they play.

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