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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!

list ordered by

1
4,014 3,619
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

2
5,862 3,278
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

3
4,051 2,744
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,117 2,005
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,227 2,144
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,377 1,615
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
2,634 1,578
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

8
2,041 1,324
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

9
1,444 2,440
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

10
1,513 1,443
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
3,222 2,337
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

12
1,023 975
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

13
1,485 1,682
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

14
1,584 1,983
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

15
1,368 523
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,379 777
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

17
1,124 1,176
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

18
1,316 936
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

19
1,551 1,003
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

20
984 615
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

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

22
813 312
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

23
1,629 1,364
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

24
1,173 771
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

25
1,347 813
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

26
1,557 1,360
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

27
1,271 1,177
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

28
672 1,351
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

29
1,082 974
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

30
1,011 702
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

31
758 327
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

32
437 1,026
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

33
767 526
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

34
1,183 763
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

35
660 317
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

36
927 824
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

37
941 182
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

38
987 685
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

39
715 1,292
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
865 524
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

41
697 590
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

42
578 755
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
457 295
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
799 871
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
656 655
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
2,847 450
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

47
685 790
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

48
450 477
Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman, Forward

49
674 739
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

50
922 1,007
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing