Player Rankings: Ovi on the rise

Caps' captain is lighting the lamp, leaping up the standings

Updated: April 8, 2013, 2:14 PM ET
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus
Alex OvechkinGeoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsAlex Ovechkin has found his scoring touch during the Capitals' hot streak.

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, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including defense and the shootout.

Although some wrote him off after a slow start to the season, Alex Ovechkin has returned to his high-scoring ways with a vengeance. Once again shooting (and scoring) at a torrid pace, Ovi jumps onto the Player Rankings leader board at No. 6.


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