Here’s a provocative quote from over at Lowetide this morning:
So we have two games in a row were the forwards with worst Corsi scored the goals.
Hall to my eyes played a great game against a very good team.
Corsi says otherwise.
Taylor Hall scored a goal in last night’s game against the Dallas Stars and sliderules’ comment about Halls’ Corsi is, of course, much more accurate than his lionization of a player who was absolutely overwhelmed against a team with actual elite players.
At evens last night, Hall was 10-21 in Corsi events but, as I promised in an earlier comment, I finally had the chance to sit down and track every “touch” Hall had in the game and the results are far from pretty.
Now understand, that my tracking will be somewhat subjective but I attempted to be as fair as possible.
- missed pass
- giveaway in the NZ
- tip at blue line – turnover
- turnover in the D zone
- PP turnover (recovered)
- PP poor pass – zone lost
- good O zone entry – turnover
- one touch GOAL
- zone entry – turnover
- zone entry – fell down -turnover
- nice outlet pass
- pass batted down -turnover
- PP good pass
- PP pushed off puck – cleared
- PP shot blocked
- pushed off puck – turnover
- knocked down in the ozone – turnover
- Nice pass in the O zone
- Missed receiving pass – turnover
- turnover in the D zone
- shoot in – turnover
- Nice pass to Draisaitl
Hall got credit for 3 SOG last night but I think that was very generous and it’s worth noting that Tyler Seguin was credited with 7.
If we assign a +- value to the events listed above, I think we can see how dominant the Stars were and how ineffective Hall really was when playing against elite players.
There is this persistent myth that Hall is the best LW in hockey which to anyone who sees Jamie Benn play on a regular basses is just horsefeathers.
- Jamie Benn – 1.29
- Mike Hoffman – 1.19
- Artemi Panarin – 1.12
- Mike Camilleri – 1.08
- Daniel Sedin – 1.07
- Johnny Gaudreau – 1.00
- Alex Ovechkin – 1.00
- Taylor Hall – .963
- Max Pacioretty – .926
- Max Domi -.885
In response to a reader’s question, I had suggested that Hall’s production would soon suffer as Leon Draisaitl’s 33% shooting percentage crashed to earth and, of course, that’s exactly what has happened.
Even with last night’s goal, Hall has only 2 points in his last 7 games which coincides exactly with Draisaitl’s plummet to 21.1%.
So, while Hall is clearly a top 10 LW in the league, he is nowhere near the best and I expect him to fall further off the pace as the regression of Draisaitl wends its merry way to average.
I’ll track another game in a couple of weeks.