by PuckStopsHere on 08/06/14 at 01:31 PM ET
I am continuing my sabermetrics and hockey series by listing the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings. This is the difference between attempted shots for a team and their opponents while a given player is on the ice. It is adjusted for the team a player plays upon and for their zone starts (I am using 0.6 Corsi events per excess zone start - but there is not a consensus in this value). This is an attempt to create an individualized ranking of a given player's puck possession abilities. It isn't perfect. A player's linemates and opposition are not clearly taken into account. Nevertheless this is a pretty good attempt to capture the best puck possession players in 2013/14.
Here are the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team and zone adjusted Corsi:
|2||Anze Kopitar||Los Angeles||+371.88|
|3||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||San Jose||+358.28|
|4||Joe Thornton||San Jose||+356.28|
|5||Jake Muzzin||Los Angeles||+294.28|
|7||Justin Williams||Los Angeles||+274.68|
|10||Joe Pavelski||San Jose||+257.48|
|12||Drew Doughty||Los Angeles||+254.48|
|13||Anton Stralman||NY Rangers||+244.72|
|16||Travis Zajac||New Jersey||+236.8|
|17||Alexander Steen||St Louis||+231.48|
|19||Jaromir Jagr||New Jersey||+228.2|
|20||Andy Greene||New Jersey||+222.8|
While we see that only a few teams (8) are on this list, this is a good attempt to find the top puck possession players. Linemates on the same team will have similar puck possession.
At the top of this list we have Patrice Bergeron. He was the top defensive forward in the NHL last year. He played in a defensive situation against top opposition and nevertheless moved the puck into the offensive zone. Most of these top puck possession players are solid two way players. While they may not be the tp scorers in the NHL, they control the puck despite playing more defensive roles. These are players who helped their teams succeed in 2013/14
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