by PuckStopsHere on 07/28/13 at 09:39 AM ET
Today I continue my summer look at sabermetrics and hockey with a look at the 20 worst players in the 2013 by their raw Corsi rating. A while ago I posted the top 20 players. Today's group of players had the worst puck possession while they were on the ice in 5 on 5 situations. The number of attempted shots (shots on goal, blocked and missed) by their opponents far exceeded that of their own team. This is a group of players who either had poor seasons contributing little or played in tough defensive situations on weak teams or both. With some future analysis we will be able to have a better idea as to who falls into which case.
Here are the worst 20 players in the 2013 season by their raw Corsi number:
Worst 20 Players In 2013 By Raw Corsi
1 Jay McClement Toronto -286
2 Dion Phaneuf Toronto -260
3 Nikolai Kulemin Toronto -246
4 Steve Ott Buffalo -229
5 Mike Weber Buffalo -217
6 Ryan O'Byrne Toronto -190
7 Brooks Orpik Pittsburgh -184
8 Ladislav Smid Edmonton -176
9 Jeff Petry Edmonton -173
10 Andrej Sekera Buffalo -172
11 Brandon Sutter Pittsburgh -171
12 Ryan Whitney Edmonton -168
13 Justin Schultz Edmonton -165
13 Sam Gagner Edmonton -165
15 Robyn Regehr Los Angeles -160
16 Korbinian Holzer Toronto -157
17 Carl Gunarsson Toronto -150
18 Chris Butler Calgary -147
19 Nick Spaling Nashville -146
20 Nail Yakupov Edmonton -145
There are few well known players on this list. Essentially six teams are represented on this list since Robyn Regehr "earned" his minus rating in Buffalo. He actually had a small positive Corsi after his trade to Los Angeles. Thus it is more reasonable to count him as a Buffalo Sabre. Toronto leads the way with six players on this list.
Of all the teams on this list, only Pittsburgh and Toronto made the playoffs. It might be surprising to see two Penguins here after their top season. They specifically used Brooks Orpik and Brandon Sutter in defensive situations and it shows in their puck possession numbers.
Jay McClement of the Leafs is in last place. He regularly plays their tough defensive assignments and has never shown any real puck possession abilities. Dion Phaneuf is next and is probably the most respected player on this list. He is the Toronto Maple Leafs captain and he plays a defensive role, although there is some unhappiness with his failure to have a better season. Of note on this list is Korbanian Holzer. He makes this list despite only playing 22 NHL games this season. He may have played himself out of the NHL.
We have clearly seen from the top and bottom players by Corsi that there are strong team effects involved. I will look at them first in the future.
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