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Usage Statistics

What is Usage Statistics?

A type of statistic in hockey that attempts to measure how a player is being utilized on the ice from which zone they most often start from and the amount of time on ice by situational type (even strength, power play). 

Sporting Charts explains Usage Statistics

There are two main types of usage statistics - zone starts and time on ice splits. Zone Starts looks at the breakdown of which zone the player most often starts when put on the ice for a faceoff, which is decided by the coaches and a solid indication of how the player is thought to be utlized - this is broken down by defensive zone starts, neutral zone starts and defensive zone starts. Time on Ice Splits breaks down the players time on ice based on whether it is at even strength, power play or short handed. Looking at these two types of usage statistics can give a solid indication as to how a player is being utilized.

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