by PuckStopsHere on 06/29/13 at 04:07 PM ET
I am continuing my look at sabermetrics and hockey by looking at the worst 20 players in the 2013 season by adjusted +/-. A couple days ago I posted the top 20 players in the season. These players are players who struggled in their role at even strength. They may be useful players in other situations, but they were not top puck possession players in 2013. This adjustment is done as a counting stat. Thus players who played a lot are more likely to have extreme ratings than those who played a lesser amount of time. I am including only players who played 30 or more games with one team on this list in order to ensure that the adjustment is meaningful. If a player played 30 or more games with one team and then was traded, he is capable of making this list with the team where he played 30 or more games.
Here are the 20 worst players by adjusted +/- in 2013:
Worst 20 Players In 2013 By Adjusted +/-
1 Tanner Glass Pittsburgh -18.0
2 Olli Jokinen Winnipeg -17.6
3 Brian Boyle NY Rangers -17.4
3 Jeff Skinner Carolina -17.4
5 Kyle Brodziak Minnesota -16.4
6 Dave Bolland Chicago -16.0
7 Drew Stafford Buffalo -14.6
8 Justin Schultz Edmonton -14.4
8 Jordan Staal Carolina -14.4
10 Teemu Selanne Anaheim -14.0
10 Joe Vitale Pittsburgh -14.0
12 Rich Peverley Boston -13.8
13 Bruno Gervais Philadelphia -13.4
14 Mark Streit NY Islanders -13.2
15 Tyler Kennedy Pittsburgh -13.0
16 Chris Kelly Boston -12.8
17 Tyler Ennis Buffalo -12.6
18 Marian Gaborik NY Rangers -12.4
19 Andrei Markov Montreal -12.0
20 Brian Campbell Florida -11.8
20 Eric Gudbranson Florida -11.8
20 Greg Zanon Colorado -11.8
This is a group of 22 players due to a tie at 20th place. There are a lot of players on this list who are not well-established top NHL players. Tanner Glass has the worst adjusted +/-. As a two point scorer who appeared in all 48 games this seems like a reasonable choice.
Some of the more famous players on this list are Olli Jokinen, who has not played strong defence since he was coached by Mike Keenan in Florida, Jeff Skinner who has had a promising career slowed by a concussion, Dave Bolland who won the Stanley Cup but is on Chicago's trade block, Teemu Selanne who is a future Hall of Famer who has slowed down defensively to keep his offensive numbers going and Mark Streit who just signed in Philadelphia, perhaps helping to explain how the Flyers have dropped in the standings under GM Paul Holmgren.
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