Tim Thomas leads Conn Smythe class

Boston goalie takes the top spot as Tampa's Dwayne Roloson stumbles

Originally Published: May 24, 2011
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus
Tim ThomasMichael Ivins/US PresswireTim Thomas has stayed strong as Dwayne Roloson has fallen off this series.

Each year the Conn Smythe trophy is awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Just like during the regular season with the 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. This is not a subjective evaluation of these players. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find more here.

Dwayne Roloson seemed like he had a vice-like grip on the top spot, but the Boston Bruins have brought him crashing back to the pack, putting Tim Thomas into the top spot. But the lead is far from insurmountable, as Ryan Kesler, Vincent Lecavalier and other remain close behind. Here's how the top remaining postseason players stack up this week: