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April 5, 2011
Player Power Rankings
St. Louis 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 April 3.

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        22.7       3.1   -0.5   25.3

Comment: Sedin will lead the NHL in points, but he's been given opportunities like nobody else: He has started in his opponents' end almost three times as often as in his own end.

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks     14.4       5.3    1.4   21.2   

Comment: Toews is No. 2 in the rankings even though he's barely cracking the top 10 in scoring; this is because of his puck-control ability, penalty-killing role and shootout excellence.

3.   Corey Perry, F, Anaheim Ducks             17.5       3.9   -0.7   20.6     

Comment: Perry, with 47 goals and 93 points, is obliterating his previous career highs (32 goals, 76 points), but his game is improving in other ways. He now draws more penalties than he takes, a change from previous seasons.

4.   Martin St. Louis, F, Tampa Bay Lightning  17.6       2.1   -0.5   19.2    

Comment: In the past seven seasons, St. Louis is No. 3 in NHL scoring with 607 points behind only Joe Thornton (649) and Alexander Ovechkin (610).

5.   Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals     14.6       3.3    1.1   19.1    

Comment: Ovechkin is likely to maintain his 15-shot lead over Dustin Byfuglien and lead the league in that category, the sixth season in a row he leads the NHL in shots.

6.    Anze Kopitar, F, Los Angeles Kings       11.9       7.1   -0.1   19.0

Comment: Kopitar's injury may cost him a shot at being a Hart Trophy finalist, but he still would be an excellent choice for the Selke. His defensive GVT of 7.1 leads all forwards.

7.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    18.4       2.1   -1.9   18.6

Comment: Stamkos' disappointing end to the season continues: He has a meager 4 goals, 11 assists and minus-9 rating in 22 games since Feb. 15.

8.   Ryan Kesler, F, Vancouver Canucks         12.6       5.9   -0.4   18.1     

Comment: With Manny Malhotra injured, Kesler has become even more valuable to the Canucks. He will be called on to play a more defensive role in the playoffs than he has in the regular season.

 
9.   Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Anaheim Ducks       13.2       5.0   -0.3   17.7

Comment: Visnovsky leads all defensemen in assists and points and forms the Ducks No. 1 pairing with partner Toni Lydman. Only his lack of a penalty-killing role may cost him a shot at the Norris.

10.  Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        15.1       3.0   -0.3   17.9     

Comment: Nobody leads a major statistic like Sedin. His 73 assists are nine more than the 64 of second-place Martin St. Louis.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through April 3.

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              43.1      -1.1   -2.8   39.2   

Comment: Usually, we would be having a debate about who should win the Vezina Trophy, but Thomas has made such a mockery of the race that it's a foregone conclusion. He's No. 1 in GAA, save percentage and GVT and No. 2 in shutouts.

2.   Pekka Rinne G, Nashville Predators        30.8       0.1    3.1   34.0     

Comment: Rinne's results are phenomenal, but he must now face the challenge that eluded Tomas Vokoun and Dan Ellis before him: how to get Nashville out of the first round.

3.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers     22.5       0.5    5.8   28.8    

Comment: His .924 save percentage tops that of his career (.919), but it's remarkable how good, and consistent he is year to year. Not a truly odd year, or outlier in the mix, anywhere.

 
4.   Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens        25.2      -0.5    1.2   25.9

Comment: Although it would be unfair to single out Price for the team's recent skid, in his past seven games he has posted a mediocre 3.36 GAA, 0.892 save percentage and minus-1.4 GVT.

5.   Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks      28.0       0.3   -3.6   24.7

Comment: Few players have as much riding on the upcoming playoffs as Luongo. Fair or not, if the Canucks fail to reach at least the Stanley Cup finals, he will continue to be seen as a goaltender who "can't win."

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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