by PuckStopsHere on 08/22/13 at 11:38 PM ET
A few days ago I posted the top 20 players in the 2013 season by team adjusted Corsi rating. This is calculated by taking an individual player's raw Corsi rating which is the difference between the shots attempted by a team and their opponents when the given player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations. Thus we are looking at the players who have the worst team puck possession when they are on the ice and subtracted off a team baseline based on the team Corsi rating for their team. This allows us to better compare players between different teams. In order to include players who played on more than one team a baseline team adjustment is found by multiplying the team adjustment for each team played on by the number of games a player played with that team and divide by the total number of games played. There are players where this is important in 2013.
This list will give us a group of players who are generally poor players and players who played in defensive situations and hence were not playing a puck possession game. This is the next step to make Corsi ratings into a meaningful individual number. Zone starts are not taken into account yet. Nevertheless, this is a group of players whose team had worse puck possession when they were on the ice than when they were not on the ice.
Here are the 20 worst players in 2013 by team adjusted Corsi:
1 Robyn Regehr Buffalo / Los Angeles -188.04
2 Jay McClement Toronto -181.6
3 Brooks Orpik Pittsburgh -166.4
4 Dion Phaneuf Toronto -155.6
5 Brandon Sutter Pittsburgh -153.4
6 Maxim Lapierre Vancouver -152.2
7 Dave Bolland Chicago -146.4
8 Nikolai Kulemin Toronto -141.6
9 Mike Weber Buffalo -136.4
10 Jay Pandolfo Boston -123.4
11 Matt Cooke Pittsburgh -121.4
12 Douglas Murray San Jose / Pittsburgh -119.22
13 Adam Burish San Jose -118
14 Jordan Caron Boston -116.4
15 Darroll Powe Minnesota / NY Rangers -115.26
16 Barret Jackman St Louis -115
17 Cory Emmerton Detroit -113.6
18 Jordan Nolan Los Angeles -111
19 Mike Ribiero Washington -109.6
20 Andrew Ebbett Vancouver -109.2
In general these players are not known for their offensive ability. Probably the best offensive player on the list is Mike Ribiero who put up 49 point in his 48 games. This was his best points per game in half a decade. Despite that success, Washington did not re-sign him. He will be in Phoenix next season.
It will take a little bit of work to remove the circumstances in which the players played to determine which players are the worst puck possession players in the league. Without removing zone effects, Robyn Regehr is the player who had the worst puck possession while he was on the ice relative to his team. Offensively, he contributed little with no goals and four assists. He does play a tougher defensive role with more defensive than offensive zone starts and against tougher than average opposition, so there may be some excuses for his failings, but he is no longer a strong NHL player. I will start to look at zone starts in the future to adjust for them next.
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