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April 16, 2013
Player Power Rankings
Bobrovsky Now Leads All Goalies

by Tom Awad and ESPN Insider

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Every Monday until the end of the season, Hockey Prospectus will provide updated Player Power Rankings for the top 10 skaters and top five goalies in the NHL based on HP's proprietary value metric, GVT, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including defense and the shootout.

On the strength of three consecutive wins, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vaults to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis joins the skater rankings (No. 8) and Washington's Alex Ovechkin moves up a spot to No. 5.

Player Power Rankings: Skaters
These rankings are through April 14.
Rank Player Team Pos. Off. GVT Def. GVT Shootout GVT Total GVT
1
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins F 14.7 5.8 1.2 21.7
For the third season in a row, Crosby will be the unquestioned best offensive player in the league without leading the league in points, although he may hold on to his GVT title. There's a chance we will see him again before the end of the season.
2
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins F 12.6 6 0 18.7
Kunitz isn't the same player without Crosby, tallying just three points in seven games, although his line with Jussi Jokinen and Pascal Dupuis has been the Penguins' best over the last five games.
3
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks F 10.7 6.4 1.3 18.4
A leader, a solid defensive player and a faceoff king. It's hard to imagine anything Toews isn't good at, but here's something: He has scored only three points in 103 minutes of 5-on-4 play, which ranks 11th worst among the 107 players who have played 100 minutes or more this season.
4
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks F 11.9 4.3 1.3 17.5
The Hawks continue to benefit from Kane's disciplined play; he has taken just three minor penalties while drawing nine.
5
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals F 12.1 3.5 1.8 17.5
How hot is Ovechkin? He would lead the league in power-play goals even if he'd only started playing on March 5. He has scored nine power-play goals (and 19 total goals) in the 21 games since then.
6
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks F 10 5.2 1.5 16.6
Before this season, Getzlaf had only two career short-handed goals. But this campaign he ranks second in the league with three, all scored in the last six weeks.
7
Pascal Dupuis Pittsburgh Penguins F 9.2 6.9 -0.3 15.8
Dupuis' offensive numbers -- just 35 points -- don't seem that impressive until you realize that he plays only 55 seconds per game on the power play. He ranks ninth in the league with 31 even-strength points and second among forwards in defensive GVT (behind Derek Stepan).
8
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens D 10.5 4.9 0 15.4
Subban has scored 34 points in just 35 games, the best points-per-game ratio by a defenseman since Mike Green's 76 points in 75 games back in 2009-10.
9
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning F 13.2 2.9 -0.7 15.4
As talented an offensive player as Stamkos is, his career shootout record is just 5-for-27, one of the worst in the league over that five-year period.
10
John Tavares New York Islanders F 10.9 3.8 0.5 15.2
With Tavares on the ice, the Islanders have scored 8.4 goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-4 power-play time, nearly 1.5 times better than the league average of 5.8.
Player Power Rankings: Goalies
These rankings are through April 14.
Rank Player Team Pos. Goalie GVT Def. GVT Shootout GVT Total GVT
1
Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets G 24.7 -0.3 2.3 26.6
Among goaltenders who have played 20-plus games, Bobrovsky ranks first in save percentage and third in GAA, his 2.01 slightly behind league leader Tuukka Rask's 1.99.
2
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G 23.5 0.1 2.9 26.5
Since he has been in the league (2005-06), Lundqvist has accumulated a GVT of 222, easily the best over this period (Ovechkin ranks second with 176). Only one of his backups has managed a positive GVT: Martin Biron, at plus-4.3 in 44 games.
3
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins G 20.2 0.3 2.3 22.8
Rask has been Boston's No. 1 goaltender once before, in 2009-10, and he led the league in save percentage and GAA that season. He's on track to rank first in GAA and second in save percentage among No. 1s this campaign.
4
Craig Anderson Ottawa Senators G 24 -0.4 -1.8 21.8
Anderson, who finally returned this week, looked mediocre in losses to Florida and Tampa Bay before shutting out New Jersey.
5
Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks G 18.1 0.2 1.8 20.1
Niemi has been the workhorse of the league's elite goaltenders, ranking first in minutes played (2,219) and third in shots faced (1,039). He has gone from starting 73 percent of San Jose's games in 2010-11 to 83 percent last season to 90 percent this season.

A version of this story originally appeared at ESPN Insider Insider.

Tom Awad is an author of Hockey Prospectus. You can contact Tom by clicking here or click here to see Tom's other articles.

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