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March 22, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Stars Catch Crosby

by Tom Awad

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During the season, these rankings -- which appear on Mondays in concert with the 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.

Player Power Rankings: Skaters

These rankings are based on games through March 20.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        20.7       2.7   -0.5   23.0

Comment: Only three times (excluding lockouts) in the last 40 years has the NHL failed to produce a 100-point player. Daniel needs seven points in his last nine games to avoid making it four.

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks     14.2       4.7    1.9   20.7   

Comment: Toews has now won 800 faceoffs this season, the highest total in the NHL; among players with 1,100 or more faceoffs, his winning percentage of 57.1 percent is second only to Manny Malhotra.

3.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    17.4       2.4   -1.3   18.5

Comment: Don't let his plus-3 rating fool you: Stamkos is actually plus-15 at even-strength. He just happens to have been victimized by eight shorthanded goals against and five empty-net goals against.

4.    Anze Kopitar, F, Los Angeles Kings       12.0       6.2   -0.4   17.8

Comment: Only one player in the NHL leads his team in goals, assists, plus-minus, shots on goal and faceoffs won: Kopitar.

5.   Ryan Kesler, F, Vancouver Canucks         11.6       5.6   -0.4   16.8     

Comment: With Malhotra injured, Kesler will have to resume his duties as the Canucks' only defensive center, a role he played to perfection for the last four seasons. Expect his point totals to drop as he spends more time on the penalty kill.

6.  Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks         14.4       2.5   -0.3   16.7     

Comment: Since expansion, only seven players have led the NHL in assists two straight years: Esposito, Orr, Trottier, Gretzky, Francis, Oates and Thornton. Sedin will join that elite list this year.

7.   Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals     12.7       3.0    0.7   16.4    

Comment: In the middle of the Capitals' offensive struggles, people are starting to notice that the players, including Ovechkin, are playing tighter defense; they currently have the third-lowest GAA in the league.

 
8.   Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins     13.9       2.5   -0.2   16.2

Comment: Crosby's 1.61 Points-per-Game is 0.34 more than second-place Daniel Sedin. But his absence has finally allowed other stars to pass him in our rankings.

9.   Martin St. Louis, F, Tampa Bay Lightning  14.9       2.0   -0.8   16.1    

Comment: No two players have shared more time on the power play this year than St. Louis and Stamkos, and it's quite obvious who his league-leading 32 power-play assists have been feeding.

10.  Jeff Carter, F, Philadelphia Flyers       13.4       2.8   -0.3   16.0     

Comment: While Carter's raw totals (33 goals, 62 points) do not seem so impressive by the standards of this list, they have come with limited power-play time. Carter and Claude Giroux have been among the unsung stars of this NHL season.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through March 20.

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              34.5      -1.1   -2.3   31.0   

Comment: With a recent streak of ordinary play (14 goals against in four games), Thomas' lead in the GVT standings now looks surmountable. It's a two-horse race between Thomas and Rinne to the finish.

2.   Pekka Rinne G, Nashville Predators        27.4       0.2    3.0   30.6     

Comment: Rinne has never won an NHL award and will struggle to win the Vezina this year, but there is one trophy he may win that is under his control: the Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders of the team with the lowest GAA. He is tied with Roberto Luongo.

 
3.   Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens        22.1      -0.4    1.0   22.7

Comment: With the Canadiens' playoff position relatively secure, the team might look to rest Price: he has played the most minutes (3,763) of any goaltender and faced the second-most shots, behind Cam Ward.

4.   Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks            19.7      -1.5    3.4   21.6

Comment: Three goaltenders have vied to replace Hiller in his absence: Curtis McElhinney, Dan Ellis and now Ray Emery, who has been sharp in his first three appearances for the Ducks, allowing only two goals on 72 shots.

5.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers     14.8       0.8    4.4   20.0    

Comment: Getting by with a little help from his friends: Lundqvist is 6-1-0 in his last seven games, but while he has been good with a 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage, his teammates have scored an average of 4.71 goals per game.

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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