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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+ - 4,005 2,067
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

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+ - 2,472 2,488
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

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+ - 3,063 1,713
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

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+ - 1,559 1,085
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
+ - 2,040 1,235
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

6
+ - 1,452 929
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

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+ - 2,558 1,491
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

8
+ - 1,196 198
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

9
+ - 1,004 880
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Drew Doughty Defenseman

10
+ - 1,134 1,068
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

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+ - 1,080 1,582
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

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+ - 1,371 853
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

13
+ - 1,730 1,067
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

14
+ - 1,089 1,166
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

15
+ - 845 424
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

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+ - 1,306 875
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Duncan Keith Defenseman

17
+ - 978 751
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

18
+ - 510 199
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Auston Matthews Centerman

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+ - 1,222 933
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

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+ - 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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+ - 960 567
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

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+ - 550 332
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

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+ - 1,035 680
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

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+ - 763 820
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Anže Kopitar Centerman

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+ - 445 637
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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+ - 786 529
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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+ - 855 666
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

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+ - 517 921
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

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+ - 326 634
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

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+ - 709 424
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

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+ - 753 745
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

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+ - 301 131
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrik Laine

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+ - 693 591
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

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+ - 807 530
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

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+ - 384 161
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

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+ - 657 510
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

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+ - 487 382
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

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+ - 557 935
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

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+ - 422 491
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Thornton Centerman

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+ - 320 171
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

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+ - 422 372
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

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+ - 657 631
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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+ - 569 544
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

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+ - 819 744
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

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+ - 570 515
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

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+ - 480 395
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

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+ - 333 82
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

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+ - 448 485
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

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+ - 493 598
Rick Nash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Rick Nash Right wing

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+ - 221 165
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman