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March 15, 2011
Player Power Rankings
Sedin Sitting Pretty

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 March 13.

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        20.7       2.7   -0.5   22.9

Comment: Daniel has been well-rounded in his pursuit of the scoring title, leading the NHL in both even-strength points (53, tied with Henrik) and power-play points (36).

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks     13.8       4.6    1.9   20.3   

Comment: Despite his towering reputation, Toews' career best in points is only 69, which he has already matched this season.

3.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    18.7       2.6   -1.3   20.0

Comment: The Lightning remain one of the great turnaround stories of the season, but more important than Stamkos' heroics is how they have controlled the play: they are second in shot differential (plus-285), up from 24th (minus-208) last year.

 
4.   Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins     15.4       2.7   -0.2   17.9

Comment: In many recent seasons, the player with the highest points-per-game has not won the scoring title: Mario Lemieux in 2001, Todd Bertuzzi in 2002, Peter Forsberg in 2004, Alex Ovechkin in 2009 and 2010 and likely Crosby this year.

5.    Anze Kopitar, F, Los Angeles Kings       12.0       6.0   -0.4   17.5

Comment: Earlier this season there was a small "Ryan Kesler for MVP" movement. Kopitar can now be said to have out-Keslered Kesler, playing the same two-way center role (scoring, penalty-killing, controlling the play) with as much success. Kopitar for MVP?

6.   Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals     13.5       2.7    0.7   16.9    

Comment: After scoring 313 goals last season, the Capitals are now on pace for 218, possibly the greatest one-season drop in NHL history by a team that essentially retained the same personnel.

7.   Martin St. Louis, F, Tampa Bay Lightning  15.3       2.2   -0.8   16.7    

Comment: St. Louis has now scored 80-plus points in each of the past five seasons; Ovechkin will likely be the only other player to achieve this.

8.   Ryan Kesler, F, Vancouver Canucks         11.6       5.4   -0.4   16.7     

Comment: While Kesler's goal-scoring has dropped off, fans must remember that his value is not dependant on that: his ability to draw penalties, win faceoffs and control the puck are as important as his scoring ability.

9.  Henrik Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks         14.4       2.4   -0.3   16.5     

Comment: Henrik won't be close to last year's 112-point total, but considering it's his first season as captain, he leads the NHL in assists by a mile and is third in overall points, it's been a successful year so far.

10.  Brad Richards, F, Dallas Stars            11.9       1.8    1.9   15.5     

Comment: Richards is back. In his absence, after four consecutive losses, the team racked up five wins and an overtime loss, clawing its way back to a tie for sixth place in the West.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are based on games through March 13.

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              37.9      -1.2   -2.3   34.4   

Comment: Thomas has slowed down, with a 2.99 GAA, .913 save percentage and 0.9 GVT in his past 10 games, but he's built up enough of a lead that, barring a late-season collapse, he should still be the favorite for the Vezina.

2.   Pekka Rinne G, Nashville Predators        27.8       0.2    3.0   31.0     

Comment: Rinne's numbers are good enough that he might be neck and neck with Thomas if not for a knee injury in December. Since Christmas he has a 1.90 GAA, .936 save percentage and 23.2 GVT.

 
3.   Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens        26.6      -0.3    1.0   27.3

Comment: In the old days, before advanced statistics, the two most commonly cited goaltender statistics were wins and shutouts. If this was still the case, Price would be the best goaltender in the NHL, as he's first in wins (33) and second in shutouts (8).

4.   Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks            21.4      -1.5    3.4   23.3

Comment: Hiller remains out of action, and the Ducks remain precariously out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

5.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers     17.5       0.4    4.4   22.4    

Comment: Lundqvist has averaged 71 starts over the previous four seasons, and was widely assumed to be out of gas once the playoffs started. This season, with Martin Biron playing superbly as his backup, he's on pace to start 64 games.

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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