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Conn Smythe Watch: Which Sharks, Penguins are on top?

Who's leading the Conn Smythe watch heading into the Stanley Cup finals? Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

Throughout the season, Hockey Prospectus ranked every NHL player based on the proprietary value metric GVT, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including offense, defense, goaltending and the shootout. Now that we're in the playoffs, we toss the shootout component out, as it is not how games are decided in the postseason.

Which players have been most responsible for team success and are worthy candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs? Here are the top 10 skaters and top five goalies: