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December 20, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Stamkos Making A Charge

by Tom Awad

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These rankings are based on games through December 18th.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers      8.9       1.6   -0.3   10.2     

Comment: Giroux was a serious MVP contender through 30 games, but his concussion has been a huge blow both to his chances and his team's status as the East's team to beat.

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks      7.3       2.4    0.4   10.1   

Comment: Toews is among the NHL's leaders in goals, points, drawn penalties, and faceoff winning percentage, and his team is first in the standings. If you're looking for the league's best player, here he is.

3.   Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks        7.9       2.5   -0.5   10.0

Comment: At 32, Hossa is the oldest among the NHL's top 10 scorers, and the third oldest among the top 20, being six months younger than Pavel Datsyuk and almost nine years younger than Teemu Selanne.

4.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning     8.6       1.9   -0.5   10.0

Comment: Stamkos has regained the lead in goals, and unlike previous seasons, he's not just piling them on during the power play: he also leads with 16 even strength goals.

5.   Patrick Sharp, F, Chicago Blackhawks       7.6       2.4   -0.3    9.7

Comment: While Sharp has been on the ice, the Blackhawks have outshot their opponents by 11 shots (34-23) per 60 minutes.

6.   Phil Kessel, F, Toronto Maple Leafs        8.5       1.4   -0.3    9.6 

Comment: Kessel's stats continue to look unsustainable, with a 17% shooting percentage and points on 26 of the Leafs' 28 even strength goals while he was on the ice. It's unlikely he'll maintain his scoring lead until the end of the season.

7.   Joffrey Lupul, F, Toronto Maple Leafs      6.8       1.6    1.0    9.4

Comment: Lupul has his coach's confidence this season: he's getting 19:04 of ice time per game compared to 15:37 last season (split between the Leafs and Ducks).

 
8.   Evgeni Malkin, F, Pittsburgh Penguins      8.0       0.9    0.5    9.4

Comment: Welcome back, Evgeni! It's been some time since Malkin's been counted among the league's elite, but 12 points in his last six games—including five in an 8-3 drubbing of Buffalo—have him back in the top five scorers and top 10 GVT.

 
9.   Patrik Elias, F, New Jersey Devils         6.0       1.9    0.9    8.8

Comment: For those of you not old enough to remember, Elias was once a fearsome scorer (now the Devils' all-time leader) and ranked third in skater GVT in 2000-01. His scoring, two-way play, and 3-for-5 success in the shootout have him back in the top 10.

10.  Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks         7.6       1.2    0.0    8.7

Comment: Daniel has slowed down since last year, but he and Henrik still lead the league with 16 power-play points each.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through December 18th.

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               19.7     -0.5    2.1   21.3     

Comment: Just like last season, Thomas is making a mockery of the GVT race and the Vezina race, and once again playing well enough to bring up the eternal question: "Can a goaltender win the league MVP?"

2.   Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues          14.2      0.4    0.0   14.6  

Comment: Elliott continues to dominate the GAA and save percentage columns, but he'll need to play more than half the Blues games to challenge for the title of best goaltender.

3.   Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings         13.5      0.8    0.0   14.3

Comment: Howard has been particularly effective at even strength, where he sports a .942 save percentage on 533 shots.

 
4.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers      14.6     -0.2   -0.1   14.3

Comment: For the first time in six years, Lundqvist is starting less than 80% of Rangers games, and for once the team is not on the razor's edge between eighth and ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

5.   Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings       13.0     -0.1   -0.4   12.5   

Comment: Quick was blitzed for three goals on seven shots against the Red Wings on Saturday, but he remains a bright spot in what has become a troubled season in Los Angeles.

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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