Thread: Player Discussion: Ryan Callahan
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03-30-2013, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Doesn't seem like you went very deep into the statistics at all.

First off, Gaborik is supposed to have a higher Corsi rating. Corsi is about shots, and it makes sense that the team shoots more when Gaborik is on the ice. His entire job is to shoot! That's his whole game!

It also makes sense that the team shoots more when Gaborik is on the ice than when Callahan is on the ice when you consider that Callahan had the highest Corsi Rel QoC rating among all Ranger forwards last year. Gaborik was 8th on the list.

Gaborik also led the team by a healthy amount in offensive zone start %.

Callahan routinely plays the hardest minutes against the best players. Gaborik is sheltered more than any other player on the team.
There really is no question, Gaborik is a very flawed player. Puck possession isn't his game. But he still did a magnificent job at finishing most of his chances. It also makes sense that his Corsi Rel QOC was relatively low compared to Callahan because he didn't have the 2nd best defense pairing in the league on the ice with him for the majority of his shifts compared to Callahan. I feel those two were more instrumental to the superior puck possession game.

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