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Top 20 Players By Adjusted Corsi (Rate Stat)

In my summer sabermetrics and hockey series, I have written several posts about Corsi ratings and how to adjust them to make them reflective of individual play.  I listed a top 20 players by team and zone start adjusted Corsi ratings.  This is the difference in attempted shots by a team and their opponents in five on five situations when a given player is on the ice.  Since that number will depend upon the team a player plays on that is adjusted. It also depends upon the way a player is used.  If he starts the majority of his shots in the offensive zone he will tend to have a good Corsi rating when compared to a player who starts his shifts in the defensive zone.  When I posted this, poster Captain Eclectic asked if I can post this per minute of even strength played by each given player.  I have done that. 

Here are the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team and zone adjusted Corsi, but listed per minute of 5 on 5 play (and limited to players with 50 or more games played in the season):

Rank Name Team Corsi
1 Patrice Bergeron Boston 0.367
2 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 0.309
3 Joe Thornton San Jose 0.305
4 Marc-Edouard Vlasic San Jose 0.260
5 Brad Marchand Boston 0.253
6 Jake Muzzin Los Angeles 0.250
7 Justin Williams Los Angeles 0.248
8 Alexander Steen St Louis 0.238
9 Zenon Konopka Buffalo 0.232
10 Mark Giordano Calgary 0.231
11 Brent Burns San Jose 0.228
12 Joe Pavelski San Jose 0.221
13 Marcus Kruger Chicago 0.221
14 Riley Smith Boston 0.218
15 Vladimir Sobotka St Louis 0.215
16 Jonathan Toews Chicago 0.209
17 Travis Zajac New Jersey 0.193
18 Jakub Voracek Philadelphia 0.193
19 Dwight King Los Angeles 0.189
20 Vladimir Tarasenko St Louis 0.188

The top players on this list are the same top players when this is listed as a counting number.  The top four players are the same four players in both the counting list and the rate list.  It gets interesting when we find some new players who didn't play enough minutes to be on the counting stat list but have high rankings as a rate stat.  Zenon Konopka and Marcus Kruger are the two highest players on this list who fall into that category.  Both are players who are used by their respective teams to play a defensive role and have a significant number of defensive zone starts.  They both do it successfully in that they move the puck out of their defensive zone and into the offensive one.  They succeed in their roles.  I will write a longer post about Zenon Konopka in the future. 

One further comment, Patrice Bergeron does so well here that he has double the Corsi as the 20th player on the list.  Bergeron is a very strong puck possession player.

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Very cool list, thank you!

Posted by captaineclectic on 09/02/14 at 04:42 AM ET

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