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The Best Current NHL Players

List Criteria: Only active hockey players in the NHL right now

The best current NHL players are not just the league-leading skaters and goaltenders in the National Hockey League right now but also some of the best hockey players in the world. These players are consistently leading their teams in statistical categories and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 
As the NHL's golden child and fan favorite NHL player, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is seen by many as the best current NHL player. The young star quickly made his mark in the league by leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2009 at the age of 21, the youngest captain to ever do so. He had a little help though with Evgeni Malkin, who also makes this list, serving as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs.

But there are many more great current NHL players in the league besides those playing in Pittsburgh. Steven Stamkos, Alexander Giroux, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Zdeno Chara and Jonathan Toews are all among the elite forwards and defensemen in the NHL right now. In net, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard are seen as the top NHL goaltenders right now.

Who do you think are the best current NHL players in the league right now? The better question might be will these current top hockey players be remembered among the best NHL players of all time? Have your say and vote for your favorites, add those not listed or re-rank this list of the best current NHL players!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 130
    Down 70
    1990 More
    96
  2. 2
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    Down 106

    the people's #1
    Sidney Crosby

    1987 More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 139
    Down 68
    1988 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 158
    Down 58
    1978 More
    95
  5. 5
    Up 142
    Down 81

    most listed
    Evgeni Malkin

    1986 More
    94
  6. 6
    Up 164
    Down 69
    1988 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 101
    Down 73

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alexander Ovechkin

    1985 More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 94
    Down 41
    1977 More
    82
  9. 9
    Up 80
    Down 51
    1982 More
    81
  10. 10
    Up 99
    Down 46
    1986 More
    80
  11. 11
    Up 83
    Down 36
    1980 More
    78
  12. 12
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    Down 51
    1985 More
    77
    added by: David0524
  13. 13
    Up 70
    Down 41
    1990 More
    77
  14. 14
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    Down 66

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Claude Giroux

    1988 More
    76
  15. 15
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    Down 62
    1985 More
    76
  16. 16
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    1983 More
    74
    added by: PoolTime
  17. 17
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    Down 68
    1979 More
    73
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Anže Kopitar

    1987 More
    72
    added by: wiabux
  19. 19
    Up 72
    Down 46

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Erik Karlsson

    1990 More
    69
  20. 20
    Up 101
    Down 46
    1981 More
    68
  21. 21
    Up 60
    Down 34
    1989 More
    67
    added by: PoolTime
  22. 22
    Up 44
    Down 20
    1987 More
    65
  23. 23
    Up 49
    Down 33
    1975 More
    65
  24. 24
    Up 90
    Down 40
    1987 More
    64
  25. 25
    Up 34
    Down 20
    1985 More
    64
  26. 26
    Up 70
    Down 46
    1984 More
    62
  27. 27
    Up 59
    Down 46
    1980 More
    61
  28. 28
    Up 45
    Down 30
    1985 More
    59
  29. 29
    Up 49
    Down 42
    1980 More
    59
  30. 30
    Up 39
    Down 45
    1983 More
    58
  31. 31
    Up 62
    Down 55

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rick Nash

    1984 More
    57
  32. 32
    Up 43
    Down 38
    1977 More
    56
  33. 33
    Up 41
    Down 33

    ranked low on reranks
    Niklas Kronwall

    1981 More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 46
    Down 47
    1985 More
    55
  35. 35
    Up 36
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Brent Seabrook

    1985 More
    55
  36. 36
    Up 32
    Down 31
    1988 More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 43
    Down 40
    1987 More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 33
    Down 31
    1979 More
    52
    added by: PoolTime
  39. 39
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    Down 53
    1982 More
    52
  40. 40
    Up 79
    Down 33
    1982 More
    52
  41. 41
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    1983 More
    51
  42. 42
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    1989 More
    51
  43. 43
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    1984 More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 29
    Down 32
    1984 More
    49
    added by: wiabux
  45. 45
    Up 37
    Down 38
    1987 More
    48
  46. 46
    Up 67
    Down 48
    1972 More
    48
  47. 47
    Up 57
    Down 34
    1987 More
    48
    added by: wiabux
  48. 48
    Up 12
    Down 8
    1991 More
    47
  49. 49
    Up 26
    Down 31
    1984 More
    47
  50. 50
    Up 23
    Down 24
    1983 More
    45
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