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List Rules 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 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 top NHL players in the league right now? The better question might be will these current hockey players be remembered among the best NHL players of all time? Have your say and vote for your favorites for the 2018-2019 season, add those not listed or re-rank this list of the best current NHL players!

1
5,707 3,172
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

2
3,895 3,496
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
3,968 2,648
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
3,029 1,930
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

5
2,183 2,055
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

6
2,309 1,553
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
2,575 1,521
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

8
1,426 2,352
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

9
1,976 1,280
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

10
1,469 1,385
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
3,170 2,273
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

12
954 938
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

13
1,457 1,633
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

14
1,542 1,920
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

15
1,288 493
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,340 742
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

17
1,101 1,130
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

18
1,272 904
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

19
1,501 968
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

20
946 583
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

21
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Pavel Datsyuk Centerman

22
1,595 1,323
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

23
752 292
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

24
1,538 1,320
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

25
1,137 749
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

26
1,312 788
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

27
1,243 1,148
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

28
648 1,310
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

29
1,052 952
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

30
974 681
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

31
721 308
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

32
1,152 736
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

33
420 991
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

34
725 509
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

35
628 298
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

36
904 796
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

37
970 651
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

38
831 173
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

39
701 1,260
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

40
683 564
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

41
829 512
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

42
568 727
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

43
436 279
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

44
782 849
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

45
641 632
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

46
2,797 440
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

47
680 764
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

48
670 718
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

49
919 985
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

50
547 299
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
T. J. Oshie Right wing