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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
6,171 3,431
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

2
4,259 3,855
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

3
4,195 2,928
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman

4
3,266 2,162
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

5
2,318 2,278
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

6
2,468 1,731
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

7
2,759 1,653
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

8
2,160 1,396
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

9
1,498 2,583
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

10
1,589 1,539
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

11
1,152 1,042
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

12
3,310 2,427
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

13
1,652 2,106
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

14
1,526 1,782
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

15
1,514 570
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

16
3,183 510
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

17
1,446 845
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

18
1,181 1,255
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

19
1,387 993
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

20
910 351
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

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
1,628 1,066
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

23
1,046 678
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

24
1,695 1,428
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

25
1,246 817
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

26
1,422 853
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

27
1,312 1,234
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

28
1,592 1,425
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman

29
697 1,427
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

30
1,127 1,018
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Winger

31
1,068 734
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

32
812 358
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

33
457 1,088
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

34
819 563
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

35
728 342
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

36
1,236 806
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

37
952 861
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

38
1,023 725
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

39
735 1,345
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

40
931 545
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

41
723 623
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman, Forward

42
595 797
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Centerman

43
486 324
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

44
820 905
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

45
682 683
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

46
701 828
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

47
475 504
Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman, Forward

48
599 339
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

49
938 1,046
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing

50
684 776
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing