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.
Conn Smythe Power Rankings
These rankings are through the end of Round 1.
New York Rangers
Lundqvist was the major difference against Washington, shutting
out the Caps in the last two games and achieving a .947 save percentage over
the full series.
Krejci leads all players in playoff goals and points over the
past three playoff seasons, with 17 goals and 38 points. He is the top point
scorer again this year with 13 points.
Anderson had the best save percentage in the regular season and
has matched that accomplishment in the playoffs, leading all goaltenders at
Los Angeles Kings
Quick posted a .949 save percentage last year en route to
winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, and he has been almost as good in six games
this year with a .944 mark.
Crawford wasn't tested much in the first round, facing only 26
shots per 60 minutes, but he was stellar when challenged, tying Anderson with
a .950 save percentage and leading all goaltenders with a minuscule 1.32 GAA.
After Lucic posted only 7 goals and 20 assists in 46 games
during the regular season, he was singled out as the player who most needed
to improve if Boston was to advance in the playoffs. He delivered with 9
points against Toronto.
Because he played his first six seasons in Florida, Horton only
reached the playoffs for the first time in 2011, when he contributed 17
points to the Bruins' Cup win. He has added seven more in only his second
Malkin achieved the highest playoff point total of the past 20
years in 2009, with 36 points in Pittsburgh's Cup win. With 11 points so far,
if the Penguins make it to the Cup finals, he could threaten that number this
San Jose Sharks
Pavelski has the highest points-per-game in the playoffs so far
with eight points in the Sharks' four-game sweep of the Canucks.
Chara's playoff contributions have typically been more defensive
than offensive: He had only 25 points in Boston's 60 playoff games before
this year. However, he leads all playoff defensemen with seven assists and