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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
4,143 3,741
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

2
6,013 3,364
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

3
4,116 2,839
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,192 2,085
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,267 2,216
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,420 1,673
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
1,467 2,515
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

8
2,105 1,361
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

9
2,693 1,624
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

10
1,549 1,501
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
1,094 1,010
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

12
3,265 2,386
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

13
1,504 1,738
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

14
1,615 2,048
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

15
1,446 545
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,414 816
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

17
1,149 1,221
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

18
1,353 965
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

19
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Centerman

20
1,588 1,038
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

21
866 331
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

22
1,015 648
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

23
1,661 1,398
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

24
1,209 794
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

25
1,385 831
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

26
1,289 1,207
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

27
1,574 1,395
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

28
689 1,388
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

29
1,101 999
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

30
1,045 717
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

31
447 1,059
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

32
787 342
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

33
798 545
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

34
699 328
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

35
1,216 784
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

36
1,026 194
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

37
942 841
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

38
1,006 710
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

39
722 1,323
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
895 537
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

41
711 608
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

42
584 780
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
473 311
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
809 891
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
668 670
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
694 808
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

47
2,881 461
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

48
460 493
Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman, Forward

49
930 1,027
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

50
676 758
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing