Hockey Prospectus releases the latest update in its player power rankings, with San Jose's Antti Niemi rising to No. 1 among goaltenders. Also, Toronto's Nazem Kadri and Boston's Patrice Bergeron climb the skater ranks.
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, Tyler Seguin gives the Boston Bruins their second skater in the top 10, and the top five goalies all hold on to their spots.
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.