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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 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!

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Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
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Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
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Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
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Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman
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Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
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Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger
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Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
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Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Nikita Kucherov Forward
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Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
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Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
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Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward
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Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman
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Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
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Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
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Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
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Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman, Forward
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Ben Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
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Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
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Filip Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
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Jack Eichel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jeremy Mosher added Center
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Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
50
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players