Player Ranks: Malkin's victory lap

With Sidney Crosby out, Evgeni Malking took the reigns and led the Pens to the playoffs. Kevin Hoffman/US Presswire

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 the final player rankings of the regular season, Evgeni Malkin completes his dominant season by winning his second scoring title and finishing the season as the No. 1 skater. Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith makes a late push to claim the top spot in the goalie rankings.