by PuckStopsHere on 07/21/12 at 04:04 PM ET
The next step in my sabermetrics and hockey posts is to take the top 20 players by their raw Corsi ratings and begin to gather some context for their performances. The first step is to adjust these numbers for the team in which the player played. This is done using the team Corsi ratings. Since teams have five players on the ice in even strength situations, the team Corsi is divided by five and used as a baseline for a player on each given team.
This step better isolates the top puck possession players from their team performance.
Here are the top 20 players by team adjusted Corsi ratings in 2011/12:
This list is not significantly changed from the raw Corsi list. The top three players remain in the same order. They are all Boston Bruin players who largely played together - led by Zdeno Chara. Next up are the Sedin brothers. In fact only five players are on this list who are not among the top 20 raw Corsi ratings. They are Gabriel Landeskog, Andrew Ladd, Alex Pietrangelo and the Anaheim pair of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. These are top players on poor puck possession teams.
There are many reasons why these players have good puck possession numbers. They have all succeeded in their roles with their teams. In part this is due to their skills and also due to the roles they play on their teams. Many of these players play in offensive roles with many offensive zone starts and good teammates. These are factors that need to be accounted for in order to make Corsi truly a player ranking system.
One interesting case study that I will look at in the future is Andrew Ladd. He is a player who keeps showing up on top Corsi lists yet is not seen as a star by most people. It is interesting to see why he ranks this high on a regular basis.
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