CHICAGO -- Jeremy Morin has heard before he’s among the league’s Corsi leaders.
What that means for the Chicago Blackhawks forward is unknown to him.
“I think we always joke around about it,” Morin said after practice Saturday. “I’m not exactly sure what it is. No, I can’t really pay attention to that. Don’t really know what it means, to be honest with you.”
Corsi is basically shot differential and is a way of gauging possession. For an individual, it’s the number of shots attempted by one’s team against the number of shots attempted by the opposing team while that player is on the ice.
When it comes to that statistic, Morin has been as good as anyone in the league. He leads the league with a 65.62 Corsi percentage in 5-on-5 situations among players who have played a minimum of 10 games this season. The Blackhawks have attempted 105 shots to the opponents’ 50 shots when Morin has been on the ice this season.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane does know what Corsi is and understood what it meant for Morin to have such a high percentage.
“He’s a good player,” Kane said. “He’s very effective for us when he gets on the ice. He makes the most of his time when he’s out there. He works hard. He battles. He’s got a lot of skill to go along with it. Sooner or later, he’s going to start popping a few.”
That’s where Morin’s frustration comes in; his possession numbers aren't translating into goals or points. He has zero points on the season and 24 shots on net.
Morin is accustomed to scoring goals when he’s created so many opportunities in the past. He scored 24 goals in 47 games and had an 11.5 shooting percentage last season for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. He had 30 goals in 67 games the season before. He’s had a handful of opportunities just miss for the Blackhawks this season.
“It’s just part of it,” Morin said. “Everyone goes through these stretches, as a team going through it now, too. Pucks will start to go in. You just got to keep shooting. It’s tough not to get frustrated. I’d be lying to say I’m not frustrated right now. Just keep shooting. That’s all you can do. Just work through it.”
One factor working against Morin has been his ice time. He’s been given more than nine minutes of ice time once this season and has averaged a team-low 7:35.
Coach Joel Quenneville was asked whether Morin could see more ice time considering his possession numbers. For Quenneville, it was more about Morin making the most of the ice time he’s getting.
“With Mo, you know, you play those minutes and it’s almost like you’re looking for energy, you’re looking for purpose, and consistency and I think he’s trying to nail it,” Quenneville said. “Some games a little bit of everything in all three areas we’re talking about. Just putting it all together is what we’re looking for.”
Morin has done his best not to get frustrated with his playing time and just focus on what he can do when he does get on the ice.
“All I can do is play hard when I’m out there,” Morin said. “Every time I’m on the ice I try to play with pride and just try to make the most out of my opportunity.
“Just every time you’re on the ice you try to get pucks to the net. Filter pucks there, good things happen. Continue to do that. Obviously not worried about the Corsi rating. To be successful, you got to get pucks to the net. That’s what you try to do.”