Each year the Conn Smythe trophy is awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Just as during the regular season with their Player Power Rankings, Hockey Prospectus will use its metric analysis to measure which postseason player is most deserving of the coveted award.
These 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.
As Round 1 nears its conclusion, goalies still dominate our top-10, though the names have changed quite a bit. Not all will survive to see the second round, but the keeper in the No. 2 slot has already kept his team's Stanley Cup hopes alive.
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These rankings are based on postseason games through April 24.
OGVT: Offensive GVT
GGVT: Goaltending GVT
DGVT: Defensive GVT
GVT: Total GVT
Rank Player OGVT/GGVT DGVT GVT
1. Dwayne Roloson, G, Tampa Bay Lightning 4.9 0.0 4.9
Comment: Roloson has been spectacular, allowing only 11 goals on 191 shots through five games and two overtimes, yet his team remains down 3-2 and faces elimination tonight.
2. Michal Neuvirth, G, Washington Capitals 4.2 0.0 4.2
Comment: While these are Neuvrith's first NHL playoff games, he played 40 AHL playoff games the previous two seasons, leading the Hershey Bears to back-to-back Calder Cups.
3. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens 3.8 0.0 3.8
Comment: Everyone expected the Boston-Montreal series to be a goaltending duel between Price and Tim Thomas; with the exception of Game 4, they have not been disappointed.
4. Dave Bolland, F, Chicago Blackhawks 2.0 0.6 2.6
Comment: It's impossible to overstate the impact Bolland's return has had on the Hawks. In three games he has six points and a plus-6 rating, and the Hawks have outscored the Canucks 16-5 en route to tying the series.
5. Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres 2.5 0.0 2.5
Comment: Miller's 214 shots against and 198 saves lead the playoffs, as do his two shutouts, but he has also allowed five goals twice and his 16 goals against are the same as the Flyers' three-headed monster.
6. Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers 2.4 0.0 2.4
Comment: Boucher has played in five of the Flyers' six games, but has only started three and played all 60 minutes in only two. This is just par for the course in Philadelphia, naturally. When Boucher has seen time, however, he's posted solid numbers.
7. Pavel Datsyuk, F, Detroit Red Wings 1.8 0.4 2.2
Comment: Datsyuk's wizardry led the Wings to a sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes, and his 1.5 points per game rank third in the playoffs behind Bolland and Martin St. Louis. Next round he'll have Henrik Zetterberg back.
8. Teemu Selanne, F, Anaheim Ducks 2.5 -0.3 2.2
Comment: If these were his last playoffs, Selanne certainly went out with a bang: He leads all playoff scorers with six goals in six games.
9. Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins 2.2 0.0 2.2
Comment: Thomas has been sharp, and the Bruins have also cut down on their shots against, from 32.3 per 60 minutes in the regular season to 30.1.
10. Corey Perry, F, Anaheim Ducks 2.1 0.0 2.1
Comment: As in the regular season, Perry was dominant in the playoffs with eight points in six games, but allowing 22 goals in six games proved fatal for the Ducks.
A version of this story originally appeared on ESPN Insider .
Tom Awad is an author of Hockey Prospectus.
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