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March 29, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Corey Perry Surges

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 27.

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        21.9       2.9   -0.5   24.3

Comment: The last two players to lead the league in scoring as part of the Presidents Trophy-winning team were Mario Lemieux in 1993 (160 points) and Wayne Gretzky in 1987 (183 points); Daniel could be the third.

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks     14.9       5.1    1.7   21.7   

Comment: There are several other forwards who, like Toews, play regularly at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty kill. However, no others also have 74 points (only Anze Kopitar and Claude Giroux are close). Can we give this man the Hart?

3.    Anze Kopitar, F, Los Angeles Kings       12.1       7.1   -0.1   19.1

Comment: It's hard to imagine any injury to any player changing a team's playoff fortunes more than Kopitar's ankle injury. Kopitar is the Kings' MVP, and without him it's unlikely the Kings can get to the second round.

4.   Corey Perry, F, Anaheim Ducks             15.9       3.6   -0.8   18.8     

Comment: In a single week, Perry jumped from 12th to fourth on this list. In 10 games since March 6, Perry has 13 goals and four assists, is plus-9 and has a 6.2 GVT. The Ducks have moved back from 11th to seventh in the West during this time.

5.   Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals     13.8       3.3    1.4   18.4    

Comment: How good is Ovechkin? He's fifth among skaters in GVT and sixth in points, his team is third in the NHL ... yet this is, by far, the worst season of his career.

6.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    18.0       2.2   -1.9   18.2

Comment: The dry spell continues for Stamkos. While he was never likely to continue burying 21 percent of his shots, he has scored only two goals on 42 shots in his last 15 games -- given his ability, expect a turnaround soon.

7.   Martin St. Louis, F, Tampa Bay Lightning  16.6       2.0   -0.5   18.1    

Comment: St. Louis now has 35 power-play assists, the highest number recorded since 2007-08 when Sergei Gonchar had 38.

 
8.   Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins     15.2       2.7   -0.2   17.7

Comment: GVT takes into account opportunity as well as production, which is why Crosby remains in the top 10 almost three months after his concussion; accomplishing so much in only 41 games is truly impressive.

9.   Ryan Kesler, F, Vancouver Canucks         12.2       5.7   -0.4   17.5     

Comment: While Kesler may finish with fewer points than last season, the Canucks' team success and Pavel Datsyuk's injury will probably allow him to win his first Selke Trophy as top defensive forward.

10.  Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        14.8       2.7   -0.3   17.2     

Comment: Henrik is clearly a pass-first player; other than him, the top 10 scorers in the league average 3.4 shots per game. He averages a hair under 2.0 a game ... and amazingly, this is the second-highest shot rate of his career.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through March 27.

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              39.8      -1.1   -2.4   36.2   

Comment: The NHL's best-ever save percentage was .937 (rounding up), posted by Dominik Hasek in 1998-99; after stopping 54 of 55 shots this week, Thomas currently sits at .938.

2.   Pekka Rinne G, Nashville Predators        30.1       0.2    3.1   33.4     

Comment: Rinne and Thomas have more in common than jostling for the Vezina: Both established themselves in Finland before coming to the NHL. At age 19, Rinne was Thomas' backup playing for Karpat in 2001-02.

3.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers     22.8       0.6    5.9   29.2    

Comment: Lundqvist's 11 shutouts are the most in four seasons; Martin Brodeur had 12 in 2006-07.

 
4.   Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens        24.9      -0.6    1.3   25.6

Comment: Price remains the league's workhorse: His 67 games played and 3,925 minutes are league-leading totals, and his 1,844 saves trail only Cam Ward.

5.   Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks      27.0       0.0   -3.5   23.5

Comment: Luongo has been one of the league's worst performers in the shootout, allowing 12 goals on 26 shots. Luckily for the Canucks, there are no shootouts in the playoffs.

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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