Player Ranks: Malkin the MVP

At this point, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin is the MVP, and it's not all that close

Originally Published: March 26, 2012
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus
Evgeni MalkinGraig Abel/NHLI/Getty ImagesEvgeni Malkin has been a dominant force behind the success of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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.

In this week's rankings, Pittsburgh's James Neal makes his way into the top 10 skater discussion, but Evgeni Malkin has the No. 1 spot, and the MVP race, in full control. Henrik Lundqvist remains the No. 1 goalie, and Kari Lehtonen checks in at No. 3.