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January 4, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Tomas Vokoun Rejoins the List

by Tom Awad

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During the season, these rankings -- which appear on Mondays in concert with the overall NHL Power Rankings -- are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find more here.

Check out the full rankings below. We'll be back every Monday with new editions.

Hockey Prospectus: Player Power Rankings

These rankings are based on games through Jan. 2.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT

1.   Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins              26.8      -0.6   -2.0   24.3   

Comment: Not Thomas' finest week, as he was beaten five times in five shootout attempts to lose games against Atlanta and Buffalo.

2.   Ondrej Pavelec, G, Atlanta Thrashers      19.9      -0.8   -0.6   18.5     

Comment: Pavelec can't be happy about the six goals he gave up to Pittsburgh, but he was brilliant with 42- and 47-save efforts in wins against Boston and Montreal.

3.  Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks             17.1      -1.3    2.1   17.9     

Comment: It's hard to imagine where the Ducks would be without Hiller. They're still in the thick of the playoff race despite having been outshot by a 271 margin, second-worst in the league (only Edmonton is worse).

 
4.   Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins     15.6       1.8   -0.3   17.2

Comment: So Crosby can been stopped after all, going scoreless in his last two games. It's now a question again whether he can break Jaromir Jagr's modern record of 127 points, the highest mark of the last 15 years.

5.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    13.9       2.4   -0.8   15.5    

Comment: Swagger is back in Tampa. The Lightning are second in the conference and the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson shows that they are now buyers again. Stamkos scored eight points in the first three games after Christmas.

6.   Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes          16.0      -1.2    0.5   15.2     

Comment: It's a sign of the poor teams Ward has played on and his late maturation as a goaltender that his shutout this week was only the 14th in his career in 304 games. In fewer games, Ilya Bryzgalov has 18, Niklas Backstrom 20 and Tim Thomas 22.

7.   Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings      11.6       0.9    2.7   15.2    

Comment: Quick and partner Jonathan Bernier were each pulled in 6-3 and 7-4 losses this week.

8.   Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers         13.2      -0.5    1.1   13.8    

Comment: Will Vokoun be the biggest prize at the trade deadline? He has had four excellent seasons in Florida yet has never been rewarded with even a single playoff appearance.

9.   Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        11.3       1.3    0.3   12.8    

Comment: Sedin is just one point shy of the 21 power-play points he scored last season.

10.  Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins        6.9       4.1    1.4   12.4    

Comment: Only halfway through the season, Letang has already matched career highs for assists (27), points (33) and even-strength points (22). He is the main reason why the loss of Sergei Gonchar hasn't hurt the Penguins as much as predicted.

A version of this story originally appeared on 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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