by PuckStopsHere on 07/26/11 at 02:36 PM ET
I continue my summer sabermetrics and hockey posts today. Today I will list the 20 worst players in 2010/11 ranked by team adjusted Corsi. This is the counterpart to the top 20 players. Players on this list are players that had poor puck possession at even strength. In most cases this is because the player in question did not play very well, but in some cases on this list it is a player who played a tough defensive role.
This list is the difference between shots attempted (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for the player’s team and their opponents in 5 on 5 situations. In order to compare between teams, we calculate a baseline for each team and subtract it from the raw rankings.
Here are the 20 worst players in 2010/11 by team adjusted Corsi rankings:
This list is limited to players who played on only one team in 2010/11 as it is unclear how to apply team adjustments in other cases. This keeps Brent Sopel, Joffrey Lupul, Rotislav Klesla and possibly another player or two out of the running. Both of these players likely would have been on this list otherwise.
For the large part, this list is a group of players who struggled in 2010/11. I think the biggest counter-example to that statement is Manny Malhotra, who led the league with only 25% of his zone starts in the offensive zone. He was a Selke Trophy candidate. Adjusting for zone starts clearly show he did not have a poor year. There are a few other players on this list who had a significant (though less than Malhotra) number of defensive zone starts including Zenon Konopka, Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler. I will look at a couple of the players on this list before adjusting for zone starts.
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