by PuckStopsHere on 08/08/12 at 10:22 PM ET
I continue my sabermetrics and hockey posts by posting the worst 20 players in 2011/12 by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings. These are players who had the other team controlling the puck when they were on the ice after controlling for their team and the way they were used by their team. In order to properly team adjust these players I have limited the players rated to those who played 50 or more games in 2011/12 with only one team. The players on this list failed to gain and keep control of the puck for their teams. It may be that the circumstances of this are not entirely under their control as they played with weak teammates against top opposition, but generally these players failed in their roles in the 2011/12 regular season.
Here are the 20 worst players by team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings in 2011/12:
For the most part this is a rather lacklustre group of players. Cory Emmerton leads the list. As a 10 point centreman he did little to control the puck in 2011/12. I think he would have been better served playing in the AHL. Three players on this list are considered NHL stars in Mike Richards, Jarome Iginla and Marian Gaborik. Each of whom deserves their own post to discuss their case.
For the most part these players come from stronger teams. There are few bottom feeding teams here. This does not mean there are no bottom feeding team’s players who rank poorly by this kind of metric. For example Nick Schultz had the worst raw Corsi in the league but was traded during the season. It seems that when a team struggles poor puck possession players tend to be moved out of the lineup. When a team does reasonably well they can afford to keep a less successful role player around and have less pressure to replace him. The poor puck possession players on weak teams did not last long enough to make this list on many cases. This is exaggerated by the team adjustment which holds players on stronger teams to higher standards than weak teams. Nevertheless we can conclude that all of the players on this list did not succeed in their roles in 2011/12 and many failed miserably.
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