by PuckStopsHere on 07/27/12 at 03:10 PM ET
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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