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Eric Fehr, a Corsi Superstar

First off, a big h/t to The Puck Stops Here (TPSH) on Kukla’s Korner for all this data. I’m hardly an expert on Corsi Ratings, but they do seem to present a different perspective that a lot of people find useful. In any case, there’s been a great deal of discussion about Eric Fehr and his potential as a top six player. I’m in the camp that believes Eric had a pretty good season last year and with increased time could blossom into a legitimate scorer in the league. Of course, the big proviso on any discussion of Fehr are his ongoing injury problems. His recent double shoulder surgery and the news that he hasn’t even started weight training or skating makes me worry that this season could be a waste (despite Eric’s assertions that he’ll be ready for opening day).

 

All that brings me to the Corsi numbers that TPSH just released. As they explain, "The Corsi Number is the difference in the number of shots directed at the net (shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) taken by a team while a given player is on the ice and those taken by his opponents in five on five situations."

 

In their latest post, TPSH has adjusted those numbers to reflect per minute of ice time to see which players were most effective regardless of how much ice time they received. From what I can determine, there doesn’t appear to have been a limit on how little ice time a player received ( I could be wrong on that), but players had to appear in at least 50 games to make the list. So given those qualifiers, here are their top 20 adjusted Corsi ratings for 2008/09:

 

2008/09 Top 20 Adjusted Corsi Rates

 

Rank 

Player  

Team  

Corsi  

 

 

1

Corey Perry

Ana

+21.0

 

 

2

Ryan Getzlaf

Ana

+20.6

 

 

3

Sergei Fedorov

Was

+17.8

 

 

4

David Booth

Flo

+17.1

 

 

5

Zach Parise

NJD

+16.3

 

 

6

Dustin Penner

Edm

+16.3

 

 

7

Marc-Andre Bergeron

Min

+16.3

 

 

8

Bobby Ryan

Ana

+16.2

 

 

9

Eric Fehr

Was

+16,2

 

 

10

Antti Pihlstrom

Nas

+16.2

 

 

11

David Moss

Cal

+16.1

 

 

12

Mark Streit

NYI

+15.9

 

 

13

Daniel Sedin

Van

+15.7

 

 

14

Scott Gomez

NYR

+15.5

 

 

15

Ales Hemsky

Edm

+15.4

 

 

16

Chris Kunitz

Pit

+15.2

 

 

17

Eric Staal

Car

+14.9

 

 

18

Trent Hunter

NYI

+14.9

 

 

19

Marc Giordano

Cal

+14.8

 

 

20

Bret Hedican

Ana

+14.8

 

 

 

Now, the first eight names on the list aren’t that surprising. However, seeing Fehr pop up in the top ten kind of shocked me. As TPSH explained, "This adjusted Corsi list is a group of players who succeeded in the roles in which they played last year.  Those that played more limited roles are ready to increase their playing time with their team.  Those that played frontline roles are NHL stars."

 

I don’t know if this validates the belief that Fehr is deserving of more ice time, but it at least raises questions of what he could do if given top six minutes. Again, I’m not a Corsi expert by any stretch, so I’m putting this out there in the hopes that those who do know this stuff can explain the significance of these numbers. At least it’s something to talk about on a slow August day.

 

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