The Best Current NHL Players

81k votes 6.9k voters 104k views 181 items tags f p @

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

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!

Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 93 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 2,419
    - 1,451


    Centerman

    ;
  2. 2
    + 1,770
    - 1,492

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Left Wing

    ;
  3. 3
    + 2,196
    - 1,137

    ranked low on reranks
    Right wing, Centerman

    ;
  4. 4
    + 937
    - 507


    Goaltender

    ;
  5. 5
    + 1,951
    - 932

    ranked low on reranks
    Centerman

    ;
  6. 6
    + 1,163
    - 744


    Centerman

    ;
  7. 7
    + 770
    - 519


    Left Wing

    ;
  8. 8
    + 725
    - 533


    Defenseman

    ;
  9. 9
    + 1,266
    - 684


    Centerman

    ;
  10. 10
    + 670
    - 539

    often listed
    Right wing

    ;
  11. 11
    + 792
    - 900

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Goaltender

    ;
  12. 12
    + 970
    - 577

    ranked low on reranks
    Centerman

    ;
  13. 13
    + 691
    - 547

    often listed & added by PoolTime
    Defenseman

    ;
  14. 14
    + 1,010
    - 557

    ranked low on reranks & added by PoolTime
    Defenseman

    ;
  15. 15
    + 660
    - 308

    ranked low on reranks
    Centerman

    ;
  16. 16
    + 945
    - 685


    Centerman

    ;
  17. 17
    + 587
    - 508

    added by wiabux
    Centerman

    ;
  18. 18
    + 396
    - 184


    Right wing

    ;
  19. 19
    + 884
    - 639


    Goaltender

    ;
  20. 20
    + 664
    - 498


    Defenseman

    ;
  21. 21
    + 291
    - 350

    often listed

    ;
  22. 22
    + 388
    - 571

    often listed
    Centerman

    ;
  23. 23
    + 642
    - 425

    ranked low on reranks
    Defenseman

    ;
  24. 24
    + 234
    - 320

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Goaltender

    ;
  25. 25
    + 614
    - 478

    added by David0524
    Centerman, Forward

    ;
  26. 26
    + 238
    - 124


    Goaltender

    ;
  27. 27
    + 501
    - 360

    added by wiabux
    Centerman

    ;
  28. 28
    + 560
    - 538


    Right wing, Winger

    ;
  29. 29
    + 488
    - 428


    Centerman

    ;
  30. 30
    + 443
    - 623

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defenseman

    ;
  31. 31
    + 681
    - 540


    Right wing

    ;
  32. 32
    + 395
    - 270

    ranked low on reranks
    Defenseman

    ;
  33. 33
    + 433
    - 356


    Goaltender

    ;
  34. 34
    + 273
    - 217


    Left Wing

    ;
  35. 35
    + 440
    - 390


    Right wing

    ;
  36. 36
    + 518
    - 467


    Left Wing, Centerman

    ;
  37. 37
    + 281
    - 302

    often listed & added by PoolTime
    Centerman

    ;
  38. 38
    + 446
    - 378


    Left Wing

    ;
  39. 39
    + 297
    - 243


    Right wing, Centerman, Forward

    ;
  40. 40
    + 484
    - 394


    Right wing

    ;
  41. 41
    + 543
    - 449


    Left Wing

    ;
  42. 42
    + 411
    - 302


    Defenseman

    ;
  43. 43
    + 197
    - 57
    Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

    ranked low on reranks & added by Thomas Lessard
    Connor Mcdavid

  44. 44
    + 67
    - 27
    Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

    added by WeDemToyz
    Auston Matthews Centerman

  45. 45
    + 401
    - 446


    Right wing

    ;
  46. 46
    + 246
    - 182


    Goaltender

    ;
  47. 47
    + 318
    - 359


    Goaltender

    ;
  48. 48
    + 122
    - 85


    Left Wing

    ;
  49. 49
    + 310
    - 341


    Defenseman

    ;
  50. 50
    + 297
    - 287


    Goaltender

    ;
182 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >