Kuznetsov surges into top 10 of NHL player rankings

Evgeny Kuznetsov's 44 points in 45 games are more than the 37 he managed in 80 games during his rookie season in 2014-15. John McDonnell/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Editor's note: These rankings are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' goals versus threshold valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can learn more here. Total GVT may not equal the sum of other GVT components shown due to rounding and other factors not included in the rankings below.

Throughout the season, Hockey Prospectus ranks every NHL player based on our proprietary value metric GVT, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including offense, defense, goaltending and the shootout. In addition to presenting the top 10 skaters and top five goalies here, we will also explore what got the players to where they are and who may overtake current residents of the leaderboard.

This week, we have the same leaders in GVT as the last edition, but there was a notable surge by Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov. How high did he end up? Read on.