by PuckStopsHere on 07/18/14 at 04:45 PM ET
Today I continue my summer sabermetrics and hockey series by looking at the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team adjusted Corsi rating. Corsi ratings are strongly team dependent. Players on good teams are more likely to have god puck possession numbers than players on bad teams. In order to team adjust a Corsi rating, you must subtract a team adjustment with is the team Corsi rating for the player's team divided by five since five position players contribute to this number. This is similar to the adjustment that Reif and Klein use on +/- ratings. The idea is to remove team effects and make the number an individualized ranking.
This number is not a final puck possession ranking because we have not yet adjusted for the role a particular player plays on his team. Those that play in defensive situations are less likely to have good puck possession numbers than those who play in offensive situations. That is still to come.
For the most part, the top players by team adjusted Corsi rating are similar to the raw, unadjusted top 20 although shuffling of rankings and some new players are introduced.
Here are the top 20 players by tam adjusted Corsi ratings in the 2013/14 season:
|1||Anze Kopitar||Los Angeles||+381|
|2||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||San Jose||+345.8|
|3||Jake Muzzin||Los Angeles||+343|
|5||Joe Thornton||San Jose||+331.8|
|7||Justin Williams||Los Angeles||+300|
|11||Jaromir Jagr||New Jersey||+290.6|
|13||Drew Doughty||Los Angeles||+287|
|16||Travis Zajac||New Jersey||+253.6|
|18||Anton Stralman||NY Rangers||+239.2|
|20||Joe Pavelski||San Jose||+234.8|
This team, adjustment only lets two more team's players into the top 20. Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell appear and Vancouver Canuck Daniel Sedin appears. There are nine teams in the top 20 players. This shows that good puck possession teams tend to have good puck possession players - that is why they are good puck possession teams. It also shows that groups of players on the same team often play together as linemates and if a team has good puck possession when they are both on the ice, they both will likely appear here.
Anze Kopitar remains in top spot both before and after a team adjustment. Marc-Eduard Vlasic climbs into second place.
This list is a list of 20 strong hockey players. I will further adjust it in the future to take into account the role each player plays on his team in terms of offensive and defensive zone starts.
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