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Patrice Bergeron Has The Best Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi

A few days ago I posted the top 20 players by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings.  Leading the list was Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.  This is a strong argument that Bergeron is the best puck possession player in the NHL in 2013. 

Bergeron is a top defensive forward with solid offensive skills.  He plays a tough role for the Boston Bruins where he plays against tough opposition and has a large number of defensive zone starts.  Despite that, while Bergeron is on the ice Boston usually controls the puck.  This is a significant advantage to the Bruins.  The best players on the opposing team play what should be offensive shifts but Boston takes control of the puck.  That is a way to diffuse the offensive strength of their opposition.  I think this shows Bergeron is a far more valuable player than his offensive numbers show.  That is why he has played with Team Canada in the Winter Olympics.  He is a centreman who hasn't topped 65 points in a season in the last six years and is far more valuable than those numbers show.  This is a success of Corsi to show the value of a player who is clearly more valuable than his offensive numbers show.

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