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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
4,135 3,731
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

2
6,001 3,360
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

3
4,111 2,835
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,188 2,084
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,267 2,214
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,419 1,672
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
1,467 2,513
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

8
2,103 1,361
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

9
2,691 1,623
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

10
1,548 1,500
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
1,092 1,009
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

12
3,265 2,384
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

13
1,504 1,736
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

14
1,613 2,048
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

15
1,443 545
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,413 815
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

17
1,149 1,219
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

18
1,353 963
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 1,036
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

21
864 331
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

22
1,014 647
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

23
1,661 1,396
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

24
1,209 792
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

25
1,384 830
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

26
1,288 1,206
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

27
1,572 1,394
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

28
689 1,386
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

29
1,101 997
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

30
1,043 716
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

31
447 1,057
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

32
785 341
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

33
797 544
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

34
697 328
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

35
1,212 783
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

36
1,021 193
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

37
941 840
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

38
1,003 710
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

39
721 1,322
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
893 537
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

41
711 607
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

42
584 779
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
473 310
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
809 890
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
668 669
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
693 807
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

47
2,880 460
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

48
460 492
Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman, Forward

49
929 1,027
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

50
676 757
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing