by PuckStopsHere on 06/16/14 at 12:13 AM ET
Today I will begin my summertime series on sabermetrics and hockey. I will begin by looking at adjusted +/- ratings. This is a rough method to try to gage puck possession relative to one's teammates. It is not as exact as Corsi (which I will discuss later) to gage puck possession because it has a far smaller sample size. It can be significantly affected by shooting percentages and saves percentages when a player is on the ice. It is not a measure of the same thing as Corsi but it does give a good measure of players who succeeded in the role that they played with their team.
Here are the top 20 players last season by adjusted +/- rating:
|1||Matt Niskanen||+30.8||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2||Ondrej Palat||+27.0||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|3||Anze Kopitar||+26.6||Los Angeles Kings|
|4||Kyle Turris||+25.6||Ottawa Senators|
|5||Marc-Eduard Vlasic||+25.2||San Jose Sharks|
|6||David Krejci||+23.0||Boston Bruins|
|7||Chris Kunitz||+22.8||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|8||Patrice Bergeron||+22.0||Boston Bruins|
|9||Jaden Schwartz||+20.6||St. Louis Blues|
|10||Brent Burns||+20.2||San Jose Sharks|
|11||Brad Marchand||+20.0||Boston Bruins|
|12||Craig Smith||+19.6||Nashville Predators|
|13||Corey Perry||+19.2||Anaheim Ducks|
|14||Marian Hossa||+19.0||Chicago Blackhawks|
|15||Jamie Benn||+18.8||Dallas Stars|
|16||Jay Bouwmeester||+18.6||St. Louis Blues|
|17||Mark Giordano||+18.4||Calgary Flames|
|18||Jarome Iginla||+18.0||Boston Bruins|
|18||Tyler Johnson||+18.0||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|20||Jaromir Jagr||+17.8||New Jersey Devils|
This is a group of players who succeeded in their roles last season. In the future, I want to take a look at a couple of the players who are at the top of this list.
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