When we look at the worst 20 players by Corsi rating in 2011/12 we see prominent Calgary Flame players did very poorly in terms of puck possession. Their top forward Jarome Iginla was seventh worst in the league and their top defenceman Jay Bouwmeester was tenth worst. Defenceman Scott Hannan was fourth. This puts Calgary in a bad place. Their top forward and their top defenceman in terms of ice time and in terms of points struggled on the ice. When they were on the ice the opposing team had the puck and had Calgary on their heels.
This shows us a fundamental problem with the Calgary Flames. Their frontline players were unable to keep possession of the puck on a significantly worse level than any other team in the league. Calgary may have finished in ninth place in the West Conference only five points from a playoff berth but that doesn’t make them a team with a solid shot at the playoffs this season.
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