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Can Players Maintain or Increase Their Performance with an Increased Role?

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Back in December, Scott Cullen wrote about relative possession numbers in his Statistically Speaking column. He took defensemen who averaged 15+ TOI/gm and forwards who averaged 12+ TOI/gm and sorted them based on their relative possession numbers (CF%Rel). He then analyzed defensemen with < 15 TOI/gm and forwards with < 12 TOI/gm. He wrote:

Then, some forwards that aren’t playing a whole lot but, based on relative possession stats, could be worth considering for more ice time.

This made me wonder, should a strong relative possession statistic be taken in consideration when determining if a depth player can handle a larger role? And if so, how much weight should it hold?

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