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07-18-2013, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Excellent examples of this are Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader. Abdelkader had the best CORSI ratings of any Red Wing forward in the 2013 playoffs. He was solid and played like an average second liner (probably the best hockey of his life) but he wasn't better than Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Nyquist, and arguably Franzen, Cleary, or Brunner.
The biggest takeaway from this is, first, not to get too caught up in small samples, and second, to never forget that situational use (zone starts and quality of linemates/competition) affect CORSI.

If Abdelkader actually had the best CORSI on the team over a large sample, and after adjusting for situational factors, and also after accounting for the sustained improvements in shot% or save% of certain players, then I wouldn't hesitate to call him their most effective player. But that wouldn't happen of course. There was a lot at play in him having the best CORSI on the team for 14 games.

And, how to adjust CORSI for these factors? Couldn't tell ya. That CORSI hart looks terrible though. Yeah, the Leafs were 5th in the conference and had 7 of the 8 worst players in the NHL. Right. And their worst defensive forward got 6th in selke voting. And that fool Randy Carlyle played their worst defenseman way more than anyone else. Sure.

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