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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, add those not listed or re-rank this list of the best current NHL players!

 

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1
5,422 2,986
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

2
3,640 3,314
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
3,837 2,443
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
2,093 1,825
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
2,861 1,784
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

6
2,147 1,440
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
2,424 1,398
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

8
1,364 2,131
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

9
3,078 2,114
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

10
1,363 1,277
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
1,777 1,192
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

12
1,474 1,724
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

13
1,394 1,501
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

14
2,456 406
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

The Best NHL Players of All Time

15
800 870
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

16
1,109 425
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

17
1,242 672
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

18
1,014 1,063
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

19
1,538 1,232
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

20
1,167 847
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

21
1,385 899
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

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22
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Pavel Datsyuk Centerman

23
1,502 1,235
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

24
849 526
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

25
1,197 1,063
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

26
1,224 748
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

27
1,050 711
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

28
639 258
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

29
625 1,220
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

30
971 920
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

31
904 649
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

32
396 911
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

33
1,076 679
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

34
643 281
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

35
925 593
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

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36
850 759
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

37
551 270
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

38
628 490
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

39
670 1,191
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

40
708 153
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

41
641 530
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

42
540 676
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

The Worst In-Season NHL Trades Ever Made

43
755 488
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

44
377 259
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

45
756 809
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

46
661 716
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

47
605 599
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

48
907 934
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

49
651 673
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

50
489 276
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
T. J. Oshie Right wing