NHL The Best Current NHL Players

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List Rules 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!

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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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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

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

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Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

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Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

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Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

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Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

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Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

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Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

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John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

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Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Drew Doughty Defenseman

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Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Duncan Keith Defenseman

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

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Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

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Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Anže Kopitar Centerman

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Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

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Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pavel Datsyuk Centerman

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Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

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

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Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

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Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

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Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

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

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Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Auston Matthews Centerman

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Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

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Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

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Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

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Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

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Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Thornton Centerman

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Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

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Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

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Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

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Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

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Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrik Laine

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Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

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Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

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Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

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Brent Seabrook is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Seabrook Defenseman

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Patrick Sharp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Sharp Left Wing

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Rick Nash is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Rick Nash Right wing

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Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

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Ben Bishop is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ben Bishop Goaltender