Tom Awad provides his latest update to the Conn Smythe watch. Jonathan Quick leads three Los Angeles Kings players making a run at the No. 1 spot in the rankings, currently occupied by the Coyotes' Mike Smith.
Mike Smith is still the leader for the Conn Smythe Trophy, but Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick has jumped up to the No. 2 spot. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist ranks No. 4 and could continue to move up if New York continues to win.
They may not enjoy the superstar status of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but pivotal players like Patrice Bergeron and Mike Smith have proved vital to their teams' success and could control their playoff fate.
In the latest edition of Player Power Rankings from Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus, a new Penguin cracks the top 10 skaters, but a familiar one remains No. 1. Dallas' Kari Lehtonen makes an appearance in the goalie rankings.
Tim Thomas still leads Hockey Prospectus' rankings as the NHL's most productive postseason player, and by a sizeable margin, raising the possibility that a player from the losing team may earn the Conn Smythe Trophy.