by PuckStopsHere on 06/15/12 at 02:04 PM ET
A couple days ago I posted the top 20 players ranked by adjusted +/- rating. Today i will look at the flip side of the stat by posting the 20 worst players last season.
Adjusted +/- by this method compares all players +/- ratings to a team baseline. I have only considered players who played 50 games with only one team last season to ensure the integrity of these rankings.
Here are the results:
This list contains 22 players due to a three-way tie at 20th place. It consists of players who failed in the role they played last season.
Cam Fowler has the worst adjusted +/-. He is a young player that many people expect big things from and some feel he is already a star but he continually struggles in puck possession stats. He is showing he is not ready for his current role in Anaheim and fans have overrated his performance so far. Milan Jurcina is next on the list.
Generally the players on this list are not NHL stars. Some have had some success in the past - for example Shawn Horcoff and David Krejci - but last season was not a strong one for them.
This statistic does not take quality of teammates or competition into account, so some players struggled because they played tough roles on their teams and may not be as poor as this one number would suggest. It also can be heavily influenced by shooting percentages when a player is on the ice. An individual player has little influence on shooting percentages of players while they are on the ice but high opponent shooting percentages and low teammate shooting percentages can significantly lower a +/- rating.
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