by PuckStopsHere on 08/09/14 at 09:09 PM ET
A few days ago I posted the top 20 players by team and zone adjusted Corsi. This is an attempt to turn Corsi (attempted shots for minus against while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations) into an individualized stat to measure puck possession. Leading the league is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. He posted a +401.04 rating which is nearly thirty points above any other player. This is the second straight year that Bergeron has led the league.
Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward in the NHL. He plays against tough opposition and gets a significant number of defensive zone starts and nevertheless his team holds possession of the puck. This is a sign of a very strong player. Patrice Bergeron is such a strong defensive forward that he may be on track to have a Hall of Fame career. This is a big achievement. Bob Gainey is possibly the only player in the Hall of Fame who is primarily a defensive forward who didn't have significant offensive ability. Bergeron is a good enough player that he can follow that path if he continues playing at a top level for the next few years. The fact that he is selected as the top puck possession player in the NHL by his team and zone adjusted Corsi is a success of Corsi analysis.
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