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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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3,850 3,444
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

2
5,642 3,144
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

3
3,938 2,614
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
2,993 1,904
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

5
2,168 2,021
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

6
2,278 1,534
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
2,546 1,505
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

8
1,411 2,316
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

9
1,946 1,265
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

10
1,451 1,367
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
3,155 2,244
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

12
2,721 434
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

13
1,444 1,609
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

14
1,530 1,890
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

The Best NHL Players of All Time

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921 927
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

16
1,257 483
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

17
1,320 732
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

18
1,086 1,118
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

19
1,253 897
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

20
1,481 956
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

21
931 575
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

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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

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1,581 1,309
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

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1,533 1,308
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

25
726 287
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

26
1,239 1,134
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

27
1,124 742
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

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1,296 785
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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646 1,293
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

30
1,040 949
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

31
964 677
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

32
707 305
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

33
416 983
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

34
1,136 729
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

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611 295
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

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896 791
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

37
703 509
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

38
962 644
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

39
804 170
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

40
696 1,251
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

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669 560
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

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820 508
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

The Best Defensemen in NHL History

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561 721
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

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424 277
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

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774 843
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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633 627
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender

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675 758
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

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919 974
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

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666 709
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

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539 295
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
T. J. Oshie Right wing