Conn Smythe: Lundqvist leads

Rangers goalie has carried his team to the second round

Updated: May 14, 2013, 12:14 PM ET
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus

Henrik LundqvistPaul Bereswill/Getty ImagesHenrik Lundqvist continues to show why he's the NHL's best goalie.

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.

Each year the NHL awards the Conn Smythe Trophy to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs. And each year since 2010, Hockey Prospectus' GVT metric has been able to accurately forecast the award winner. So, with one round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs in the book, who holds the early lead in the postseason MVP race? If you've been following the Washington Capitals-New York Rangers seven-game series, it shouldn't come as any surprise.