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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
6,415 3,587
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

2
4,437 4,040
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

3
4,385 3,033
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,377 2,290
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,405 2,381
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,551 1,815
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
2,862 1,717
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

8
1,252 1,100
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

9
2,238 1,464
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

10
1,536 2,691
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

11
1,638 1,621
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

12
3,398 2,494
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

13
1,711 2,202
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

14
1,560 1,865
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

15
1,637 618
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
3,401 535
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

17
1,511 891
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

18
1,452 1,043
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

19
1,209 1,317
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

20
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Centerman

21
1,684 1,112
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

22
1,104 706
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

23
968 395
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

24
1,751 1,464
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

25
1,294 849
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman