by PuckStopsHere on 07/13/12 at 02:32 PM ET
The flipside to the best 20 players by their 2011/12 Corsi Rate is the worst 20 players. This is something that is calculated on the website behind the net. This selects players who have poor puck possession relative to their teammates. This can occur for several reasons. The most likely is the player in question is not very good but there are clear examples of players who made this list because of their playing tough defensive roles on their team.
Here are the 20 worst players by adjusted Corsi rate in 2011/12:
Manny Malhotra leads this list by a significant margin. He also hadmore defensive zone starts than anyone since that stat was kept by a significant margin. His appearance here is largely due to playing a tough role in Vancouver Thus it is likely correct that Jim Slater or Eric Boulton were actually the worst the puck possession players according to this method if any reasonable correction for zone starts is made.
This rate adjustment to Corsi ratings is harder to make such an adjustement to than a study using raw numbers. Thus I think it is superior to start from raw numbers. However there is value to this method as well. It is always useful to measure things by multiple methods. Though they wilol not all agree in their exact rankings of what is measured you gain a better understanding of the overall picture by doing this. As a non-hockey example. If you ask me which animal is the biggest in the zoo, I might measure their heights and conclude its a giraffe or measure their weights and conclude its an elephant. There is nothing wrong with the height and weight measurements even though they prduced different leaders. This is an opportunity to better understand the differences in what we are measuring. Similarly Manny Malhotra has the worst rate adjusted Corsi. Other players wind up worst on other lists. We can use our judgement and understanding to see what thay means. In this case the biggest reason for Malhotra’s low ranking is his record high number of defensive zone starts.
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