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Player Ranks: Malkin vaults to top

Evgeni Malkin's six-goal, three-assist week earns him the No. 1 skater ranking

Originally Published: January 23, 2012
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus
MalkinAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarA 5.3 GVT week for Evgeni Malkin and four wins for the Pens is certainly reason to smile.

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 more here.

Every Monday until the end of 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 past week, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin went off for six goals, three assists and 5.3 GVT, vaulting him from just outside the top 10 last week into the top slot among skaters in the rankings. Meanwhile, there's subtle movement among goalies, but Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick continues to hold the top spot.


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