by PuckStopsHere on 06/28/13 at 12:11 AM ET
As I start this summer's series on sabermetrics and hockey, I will start by looking at the leaders in adjusted +/- ratings. This is a method that uses +/- ratings as a counting stat and adjusts each player relative to a team baseline. Usually I use a 50 game cutoff for players to adjust in order to make sure that judging the players by their team baseline is meaningful. In a shortened season due to the lockout this is not possible. I have reduced the threshold to 30 games in the 2013 season. This increases the chance that a layer will make this list due to a streak and not a strong full season.
Here are the top 20 players by adjusted +/- ratings in the 2013 season:
Top 20 Players In 2013 By Adjusted +/-
1 Pascal Dupuis Pittsburgh +24.0
2 Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh +23.0
3 Derek Stepan NY Rangers +20.6
4 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit +19.4
5 Patrice Bergeron Boston +19.2
6 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh +19.0
6 Jonathan Toews Chicago +19.0
8 Jiri Tlusty Carolina +18.6
9 Brad Marchand Boston +18.2
9 Tyler Seguin Boston +18.2
11 Alexander Semin Carolina +17.6
12 Henrik Sedin Vancouver +17.4
13 Mark Fraser Toronto +17.0
14 Jason Garrison Vancouver +16.4
15 Francois Beauchemin Anaheim +15.0
15 Sheldon Souray Anaheim +15.0
17 Nazem Kadri Toronto +14.0
18 Jake Muzzin Los Angeles +13.8
19 Andy Greene New Jersey +13.6
20 Alexandre Burrows Vancouver +13.4
20 Jakub Kindl Detroit +13.4
20 Matt Stajan Calgary +13.4
This is a 22 man list due to a tie in 20th place. This group consists of players who succeeded in the roles they played last season. Many are star players who played tough roles. Some play less significant roles, but have succeeded in them.
At the top of the list are Sidney Crosby teammates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz. They had strong seasons and good linemates. They finish ahead of Crosby (who is 6th) in part due to more games played. Top two-way forwards Derek Stepan, Patrice Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Toews are also near the top of this list. Conspicuous by his absence is Hart Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin. I will write a couple posts in the future to better analyze some of the players who have interesting places on this list.
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