by PuckStopsHere on 09/23/13 at 01:20 AM ET
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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