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November 25, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Yes, It's Mike Smith

by Timo Seppa

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These rankings are based on games through November 21st.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Phil Kessel, F, Toronto Maple Leafs        6.6       1.3    0.0    7.9

Comment: Kessel still leads skaters in GVT by a hair, though his shooting percentage has fallen around to 20%—still way above his 11.0% career rate.

	
2.   Tyler Seguin, F, Boston Bruins             6.0       1.6    0.2    7.8   

Comment: Seguin, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron might be the most exciting, best balanced line in the NHL.

3.   Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks        5.6       1.6    0.0    7.2

Comment: In his age-33 season, Hossa's still producing great numbers.

4.   Patrick Kane, F, Chicago Blackhawks        5.2       1.4    0.5    7.1     

Comment: Kane's currently firing a career-high 3.4 shots per game though at a career-low 9.3% clip, so his goal scoring might even pick up a tad.

5.   Joffrey Lupul, F, Toronto Maple Leafs      5.2       1.3    0.5    6.9     

Comment: Other than putting up 0.82 points per game in 2007-08 for the Flyers, Lupul's never been above 0.65. We're guessing that 1.18 points per game as a 28-year-old isn't going to last too much longer.

6.   Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers      6.1       0.9   -0.3    6.7     

Comment: Giroux is easily the top scorer on the Flyers, who lead the league by a mile at 3.67 GF per game.

7.   Thomas Vanek, F, Buffalo Sabres            4.9       0.2    1.0    6.2    

Comment: Vanek and Pominville are pacing a deep Sabres forward corps in scoring.

8.  Milan Michalek, F, Ottawa Senators          4.0       0.5    1.2    5.7

Comment: Michalek has actually tallied points at this rate before, with San Jose in 2006-07 as a 22-year-old, so although fortunate to date, the production may not be a complete mirage.

 
9.   Patrik Elias, F, New Jersey Devils         4.1       1.6    0.0    5.7

Comment: An excellent all-around player, Elias is perennially underrated. He's paced the Devils in GVT for several seasons.

10.   Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        4.6       1.0    0.0    5.6    

Comment: Of all the names on this top 10 list, you feel most confident saying that Sedin will be there at the end of the season.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through November 21st.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Mike Smith, G, Phoenix Coyotes             11.6     -0.6    0.4   11.4

Comment: Thus far, Smith's making Don Maloney look good and Matt Coller look bad!

2.   Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators        11.7     -0.5   -1.0   10.1   

Comment: The Preds are paying a ton for him, but there's no doubt that Rinne is among the NHL's elite.

3.   Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars              9.4     -0.7    1.4   10.1     

Comment: Lehtonen's been more fortunate with his health the last two seasons, allowing him to provide the Stars with above-average netminding.

 
4.   Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings       10.1     -0.1   -0.4    9.6

Comment: Getting a high percentage of starts always buoys Quick's GVT a bit, but there's no question that he's a good goaltender.

5.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers       9.2     -0.4    0.1    9.0    

Comment: Lundqvist was the top reason for the Blueshirts hot start, but he needs the Rangers to pick up their play.

Timo Seppa is an author of Hockey Prospectus. You can contact Timo by clicking here or click here to see Timo's other articles.

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