NHL Player Power Rankings

Evgeni Malkin, who has 51 points in just 41 games, has played well since returning from injury. Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

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 week, Hockey 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, goaltending and the shootout. The data presented here includes a value for offensive GVT, defensive GVT, shootout GVT and overall GVT (stats through Jan. 26).

Missing from the ranks for more than a month because of injury, Evgeni Malkin cracks the top 10 on the skaters' list this week. Elsewhere, several players, including a pair of goaltenders, rise or fall from their spots in last week's ranking.

Top 10 skaters

1. Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh Penguins
Off GVT: 15.4 | Def GVT: 1.9 | Shootout GVT: 0.7 | Total GVT: 18.0