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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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1
5,768 3,228
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

2
3,941 3,558
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

3
4,006 2,701
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,062 1,976
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,201 2,104
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,342 1,587
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
2,600 1,556
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

8
1,429 2,397
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

9
2,000 1,307
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

10
1,485 1,415
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
3,190 2,308
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

12
979 960
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

13
1,466 1,656
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

14
1,560 1,950
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

15
1,317 513
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,356 758
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

17
1,110 1,150
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

18
1,291 916
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

19
1,515 988
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

20
959 600
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

21
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Centerman

22
1,609 1,344
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

23
776 303
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

24
1,154 760
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

25
1,545 1,340
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

26
1,325 799
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

27
1,256 1,160
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

28
657 1,328
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

29
1,063 965
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

30
986 694
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

31
733 320
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

32
423 1,009
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

33
739 517
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

34
1,161 752
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

35
637 309
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

36
913 808
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

37
975 664
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

38
878 179
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

39
706 1,274
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
689 576
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

41
839 519
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

42
572 740
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
444 287
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
790 858
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
645 641
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
2,817 445
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

47
683 774
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

48
670 727
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

49
919 994
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

50
552 305
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing