Ovechkin, Crosby are a familiar 1-2 pair
Caps, Pens stars top first edition of 2010-11 Player Power Rankings
The Player Power Rankings appeared on ESPN.com most of last year -- here's one edition, done during the 2010 Stanley Cup finals to project the Conn Smythe winner -- and now they return for a preseason edition to see who are the early favorites for the Hart Trophy for league MVP.
During the season, the rankings are based on player production in terms of Puck Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. These first rankings, however, use our VUKOTA projection system to anticipate production levels during the 2010-11 season. If you are unfamiliar with our VUKOTA projection system and how it works, you can find more here.
Admittedly, the top two names on this list are pretty familiar, and that should make New Year's Day at Heinz Field a pretty epic showdown.
ESPN The Magazine: October 4, 2010
Check out the content from ESPN The Magazine's October 4, 2010 issue -- the Ice Issue -- below.
See how the NHL stacks up for the 2010-11 season. Click any logo below to see how that team projects in eight key categories, weighted in terms of importance to on-ice success. To see how all 30 compare, click here.