by PuckStopsHere on 08/04/12 at 02:24 PM ET
Today I continue my sabermetrics and hockey posts by listing the top 20 players by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings. This is the last relatively easy correction that can be done. We take the team adjusted Corsi ratings and adjust them for zone starts. Each excess offensive zone start costs 0.8 Corsi events. It is easier to take a shot when you start in the offensive zone than the defensive zone. The team zone starts are also accounted for so as to not be double counted in the team adjustment. This group of players can be described as the group of players who most lead puck possession when much of the circumstance of their play is adjusted away.
Here are the top 20 players by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings in 2011/12:
This list of players is limited to players who played 50 or more games in 2011/12 so that the team adjustment is more valid.
Zdeno Chara repeats his lead of the field. It is a shame that he has not won a Norris Trophy in the last two years with the great puck possession numbers he has posted.
Patrice Bergeron, his teammate follows. We see several defensive forwards on this list including David Backes who was runner up to Bergeron for the Selke on this list.
Some players on this list are thought to have had poorer years that was hoped in Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler. Their puck possession numbers show otherwise, though their offensive numbers dipped.
This is a list of players who were puck possession leaders in 2011/12. They were valuable to their team and in many cases underrated as well.
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