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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
3,935 3,550
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

2
5,757 3,223
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

3
4,001 2,694
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,053 1,972
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,198 2,098
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,337 1,581
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
2,597 1,550
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

8
1,428 2,391
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

9
1,997 1,301
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

10
1,480 1,411
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
3,187 2,302
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

12
976 956
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

13
1,465 1,650
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

14
1,559 1,943
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

15
1,311 509
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
1,354 753
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

17
1,106 1,146
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

18
1,287 913
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

19
1,514 982
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

20
956 596
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
1,607 1,340
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

23
772 301
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

24
1,544 1,335
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

25
1,149 758
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

26
1,323 795
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

27
1,255 1,155
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

28
656 1,322
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

29
1,062 961
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

30
984 691
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

31
732 316
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

32
422 1,004
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

33
735 514
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

34
1,157 749
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

35
635 307
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

36
910 804
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

37
974 662
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

38
870 176
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

39
706 1,271
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
688 573
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

41
839 517
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

42
572 737
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
444 285
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
790 855
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
645 640
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
2,815 442
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

47
683 772
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

48
670 726
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

49
919 993
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