by PuckStopsHere on 06/18/09 at 01:51 AM ET
One relatively simple sabermetrics and hockey statistic I like to keep track of is adjusted +/- ratings. There are a few ways to adjust them. Today, I am looking at the counting stat method outlined in The Hockey Compendium by Jeff Klein and Carl-Eric Reif. The basic idea is that a team adjustment is subtracted from all players’ +/- ratings in order to give a more team independent value. The statistic is good for identifying players who succeeded in their role with their team last year.
Here are the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings (limited to players with 50 NHL games played in 2008/09 that played with only one team):
1. Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings +28.0
2. Travis Zajac New Jersey Devils +25.4
3. David Krejci Boston Bruins +25.0
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings +25.0
5. Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks +24.0
Blake Wheeler Boston Bruins +24.0
7. Willie Mitchell Vancouver Canucks +22.6
8. Zach Parise New Jersey Devils +22.4
9. Patrick Berglund St Louis Blues +21.8
10. Alexander Semin Washington Capitals +21.4
11. Marian Hossa Detroit Red Wings +21.0
12. Mike Green Washington Capitals +20.4
13. Martin Havlat Chicago Blackhawks +20.0
Dennis Wideman Boston Bruins +20.0
15. Craig Conroy Calgary Flames +19.6
16. Jan Hejda Columbus Blue Jackets +19.4
17. TJ Oshie St Louis Blues +18.8
18. Rob Scuderi Pittsburgh Penguins +18.4
19. Jeff Carter Philadelphia Flyers +18.2
20. Rene Bourque Calgary Flames +17.6
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks +17.6
This is a good group of players. Pavel Datsyuk leads the group. He had a strong two-way season that got him nominated for MVP. Travis Zajac and David Krejci are players who had breakout seasons on teams with sufficient depth that they were not often heavily checked. Nicklas Lidstrom remains one of the best defenceman in hockey - if not the best. Duncan Keith and Blake Wheeler fill out the top five. Other players of note on the list include likely Norris Trophy winner Mike Green and New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise.
Some of the more interesting players on the list are solid defenceman with little offensive upside. These include Willie Mitchell, Jan Hejda and Rob Scuderi. A final point of interest, the St Louis Blues turnaround this season can be seen. It was when young players like Patrick Berglund and TJ Oshie took over for the Blues that things started to get better. They can both be seen on this list.
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