NHL The Best Current NHL Players  

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The best current NHL players in 2016-2017 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!

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

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+ - 2,445 2,409
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
+ - 3,011 1,673
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
+ - 1,512 1,049
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
+ - 1,992 1,192
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

6
+ - 1,388 911
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
+ - 2,513 1,443
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

8
+ - 1,061 1,523
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

9
+ - 1,096 1,035
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

10
+ - 980 853
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
+ - 1,700 1,045
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

12
+ - 1,325 840
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

13
+ - 1,068 1,126
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

14
+ - 1,089 185
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

15
+ - 813 408
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

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+ - 1,280 852
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Duncan Keith Defenseman

17
+ - 1,199 910
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

18
+ - 953 732
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

19
+ - 468 182
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Auston Matthews Centerman

20
+ - 1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Pavel Datsyuk Centerman

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+ - 934 553
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

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+ - 1,013 661
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

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+ - 526 320
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

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+ - 750 800
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Anže Kopitar Centerman

25
+ - 434 617
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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+ - 768 515
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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+ - 511 896
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

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+ - 833 656
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

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+ - 318 616
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

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+ - 693 413
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

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+ - 740 732
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

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+ - 281 121
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrik Laine

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+ - 674 583
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

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+ - 787 521
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

35
+ - 353 157
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

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+ - 639 505
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

37
+ - 551 913
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

38
+ - 465 378
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

39
+ - 413 481
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Thornton Centerman

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+ - 408 363
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

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+ - 299 166
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

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+ - 646 621
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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+ - 556 536
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

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+ - 810 733
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

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+ - 564 507
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

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+ - 465 391
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

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+ - 311 77
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

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+ - 440 479
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

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+ - 409 438
Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Suter Defenseman

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+ - 321 173
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
T. J. Oshie Right wing