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Ryan Suter’s Puck Possession

Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild is having an interesting season in terms of his puck possession numbers.  He leads the NHL with a +24 +/- rating.  At the same time he has the second worst Corsi at -144.  How is it possible that he can be a top puck possession player by one metric and one of the worst by another?

Among players with more than 12 games played, Suter has the second highest PDO in the league at 107.06 behind teammate Jason Zucker.  Minnesota is a top PDO team because they have had strong goaltending.  Devan Dubnyk is posting a .948 saves percentage which would break records by a significant margin if it stands at the end of the season.  Any player who plays significant minutes behind that goaltending will have a high PDO.  This is especially true if the player has a good shooting percentage while he is on the ice.  This high shooting percentage in Suter's case comes from teammates.  He has little control over their shooting percentages.

Suter is not having his strongest season.  He is scoring with 19 points so far but his defence has not been so strong.  He has been bailed out by good goaltending.  Devan Dubnyk is  big reason Minnesota has succeeded this year and his success has made the players in front of him look better than they have been.  Suter has had some poor puck possession.  He is usually on the defensive and has been bailed out by good goaltending.  His league leading +/- rating is more related to leading the Minnesota Wild is ice time as they have had outstanding goaltending performing at record breaking levels.

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