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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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4,264 2,227
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

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2
2,612 2,706
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
3,215 1,856
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
1,661 1,233
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
1,622 1,028
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

6
2,172 1,372
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

7
2,659 1,634
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

8
1,537 243
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

9
1,446 917
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

10
1,840 1,111
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

11
1,190 1,146
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

12
1,067 972
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

13
1,112 1,685
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

14
1,149 1,271
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

15
938 456
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

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16
1,349 943
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

17
636 241
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

18
1,030 802
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

19
1,275 994
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

20
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

21
1,101 723
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

22
803 861
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

23
603 363
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

24
1,015 598
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

25
476 685
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

26
911 698
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

27
847 559
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

28
529 990
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

29
369 151
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

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334 694
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

31
783 785
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

32
754 456
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

33
737 621
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

34
445 179
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

35
851 559
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

36
698 539
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

37
574 993
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

38
368 187
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

39
521 413
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

40
446 533
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

41
450 399
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

42
591 579
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

43
682 669
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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833 790
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

45
585 553
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

46
255 181
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

47
512 425
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

48
478 511
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

49
400 95
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

50
538 457
Brent Seabrook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Seabrook Defenseman