current sports The Best Current NHL Players  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
152.2k votes 13.2k voters 166.9k views 181 items Embed

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!

list ordered by

1
5,018 2,625
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

2
3,126 3,095
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
3,610 2,206
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
1,948 1,602
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
2,611 1,637
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

6
1,943 1,313
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
2,231 1,291
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

8
2,954 1,961
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

9
1,273 1,954
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

10
1,273 1,165
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
1,678 1,100
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

12
1,329 1,372
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

13
2,145 355
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

14
1,345 1,561
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

The Best NHL Players of All Time

15
957 354
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,135 609
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

17
671 799
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

18
1,461 1,135
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

19
1,460 1,127
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

20
944 991
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

21
1,149 970
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

The Best Free Music Apps for Android

22
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Pavel Datsyuk Centerman

23
1,278 838
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

24
1,069 788
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

25
1,158 691
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

26
724 472
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

27
951 659
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

28
586 1,138
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

29
525 227
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

30
907 873
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

31
375 831
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

32
1,005 630
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

33
826 605
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

34
567 249
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

35
862 545
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

36
812 713
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

37
490 236
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

38
634 1,119
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

39
595 493
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

40
551 462
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

41
582 131
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

42
508 627
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

The Best Defensemen in NHL History

43
644 668
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

44
728 764
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

45
631 474
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

46
635 629
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

47
880 882
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

48
323 234
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

49
559 571
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

50
478 528
Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Suter Defenseman