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January 17, 2012
Player Power Rankings
Hossa A Clear No. 1

by Tom Awad and ESPN Insider

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Editor's note: 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 out more here.

Periodically throughout the season, Prospectus will provide updated Player Power Rankings for the top 10 skaters and top five goalies in the NHL based on HP's proprietary value metric, GVT, which includes offensive, defensive and shootout components.

This week, Marian Hossa reclaims the No. 1 skater ranking and separates himself from the field, and Boston's Tim Thomas leaps Henrik Lundqvist in the goalie rankings but can't catch the Kings' Jonathan Quick.

Note: These rankings do not include games played on Sunday, Jan. 15. If they did, Evgeni Malkin would have snuck into the Top 10 skaters list. Look for him in next week's edition.

These rankings are through Jan. 14. Total GVT might not equal the sum of the subcategories because of factors that aren't shown.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks       10.7       3.4   -0.5   13.6

Comment: Hossa is a true value player, not just scoring the easy points. He's third in the NHL with 34 even-strength points and fourth with three shorthanded points. He's also a healthy plus-23, the best mark by any non-Bruin in the NHL.

2.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    11.5       1.6   -0.5   12.6

Comment: Stamkos is now the NHL's most dangerous shooter. His shooting percentage during the past three seasons is 17.5 percent.

3.   Pavel Datsyuk, F, Detroit Red Wings        9.5       2.6    0.5   12.6

Comment: Datsyuk leads the league in takeaways, as he has in seemingly every season since the NHL started keeping track of this statistic.

	
4.   Patrik Elias, F, New Jersey Devils         8.3       2.7    1.5   12.6

Comment: At 35, Elias is the second oldest among the NHL's top 20 scorers, yet he is almost a full six years younger than the oldest, Teemu Selanne.

5.   Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks        10.5       1.6    0.0   12.1

Comment: The Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line has the easiest job in the NHL, given plump scoring opportunities. The Sedins' scoring totals are not as impressive when viewed in this light.

6.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks      8.9       2.7    0.5   12.1

Comment: Toews is still the NHL's best faceoff man. His winning percentage of 61.3 percent is far ahead of Patrice Bergeron, second best at 57.7 percent. Toews' overall skill is the main reason the Blackhawks have been the NHL's best puck possession team in the past three seasons.

7.   Tyler Seguin, F, Boston Bruins             9.0       2.9   -0.3   11.6

Comment: Between his own strong play, Boston's strong goaltending and his good fortune, Seguin's plus/minus has continued into the stratosphere. He is now plus-34, good for plus-7 ahead of his teammates and a full plus-11 ahead of the best non-Bruins, Detroit's Ian White and Chicago's Hossa.

8.   Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers     10.1       1.8   -0.3   11.6

Comment: It's been an unthinkably bad streak for Giroux, who has only a single assist and a minus-6 to show for his past five games. But even good players have bad stretches. He's likely to return to his better than a point-per-game pace soon.

9.   Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks         9.8       1.7    0.0   11.5

Comment: Henrik still leads the league in points, but GVT is less impressed by his lack of defensive responsibilities, with no penalty-killing time and starting nearly 80 percent of his non-neutral shifts in the offensive zone.

 
10.  Joffrey Lupul, F, Toronto Maple Leafs      8.6       2.0    0.8   11.4

Comment: With 33 even-strength points, Lupul has already blown through his previous career high (28) in barely half a season.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are through Jan. 14. Total GVT may not equal sum of sub categories because of factors not shown.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
 
1.   Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings       23.8      0.0    0.4   24.3

Comment: Many hockey writers awarded their midterm Vezina to Quick, and with good reason. He's been the NHL's best overall goaltender and the only reason the Kings are still in the middle of the Western playoff race.

2.   Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins               21.2     -0.5    2.1   22.8

Comment: Thomas' total GVT in the past four seasons is 132, ahead of No. 2 Henrik Lundqvist (118) and No. 3 Alex Ovechkin (114).

3.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers      22.9     -0.1   -0.2   22.6

Comment: It would be a tragedy if Lundqvist's stellar career ended without a Vezina win. With the Rangers near the top of the league, this season might be one of his best shots if he can outdo Quick and Thomas in the second half.

4.   Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings         14.2      1.1    0.0   15.3  

Comment: Barring injury or a complete collapse, Howard will challenge the single-season goaltender wins record of 48; he's on pace for 48.5.

5.   Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues          14.1      0.6    0.0   14.7

Comment: Elliott's numbers are slowly coming back to Earth, though between him and No. 6 goalie Mike Smith of Phoenix, it's been a good year for some journeyman goaltenders.

A version of this story originally appeared at 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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