by PuckStopsHere on 07/12/14 at 01:26 PM ET
I have started up my summertime sabermetrics and hockey series by listing the best 20 players in the 2013/14 season by their Corsi rating. This gave a list of players who were on teams that had strong puck possession when the player in question was on the ice. Because of the team aspect, the list was limited to seven NHL teams and many placed several players on it. The players were strong players who helped their team control the puck, but the question of how much is the individual player and how much is the team remains.
Today we will look at the bottom of the barrel. When these players were on the ice, their opponents controlled the puck. Since this list does not have any adjustments for team effects, it will be limited to a handful of poor puck possession teams and we will again have the question of how much is the team and how much is the player. That is a question I will attempt to answer in the future.
Here are the 20 worst players in the 2013/14 season by raw unadjusted Corsi rating:
|20||James Van Riemsdyk||Toronto||-262|
Since poorly playing players are more likely to be traded during a season, several of the players on this list changed teams during the season and listing them by their team affiliation at season's end (as was done here) may be misleading. Nevertheless, that gives us seven teams on this list. Toronto has eight of the players, Buffalo has four, Calgary has three, Edmonton has two and Colorado, Columbus and Philadelphia have one each. The Columbus player Nick Schultz played the majority of his season in Edmonton, so that effectively reduces the list by one team. Clearly team effects are significant.
These players tend to be players who struggled in their roles on poor teams. Some may be here because they played a tough role on their team and when that is taken into account it will make them look better. Few of the players on this list are "name" players. I would argue that all of the name players are Toronto Maple Leafs, which clearly implies that the Leafs are a poor puck possession team and many of their key players will have poor Corsi ratings as a result.
Carl Gunnarsson of the Leafs leads this list. I will write a bit about why this is in the future. Essentially he is a weaker defenceman on a weak puck possession team.
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