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List Rules Only active hockey players in the NHL right now

The best current NHL players in 2016-2017 are not just the league-leading skaters and goaltenders in the National Hockey 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 best current NHL players in the league right now? The better question might be will these current top 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
4,173 2,172
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Sidney Crosby Centerman

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2
2,557 2,629
Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Alexander Ovechkin Left Wing

3
3,162 1,807
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Patrick Kane Right wing, Centerman

4
1,628 1,182
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Carey Price Goaltender

5
2,125 1,328
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Evgeni Malkin Centerman

6
1,557 995
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

7
2,626 1,588
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Toews Centerman

8
1,432 229
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Connor Mcdavid

9
1,173 1,115
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jamie Benn Left Wing

10
1,049 943
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Drew Doughty Defenseman

11
1,422 891
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
John Tavares Centerman

12
1,795 1,096
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Steven Stamkos Centerman

13
1,100 1,652
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jonathan Quick Goaltender

14
1,121 1,249
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jaromír Jágr Right wing

15
909 448
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

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16
1,339 921
Duncan Keith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Duncan Keith Defenseman

17
591 230
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Auston Matthews Centerman

18
1,015 790
Shea Weber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Shea Weber Defenseman

19
1,259 971
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

20
1,084 707
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
P. K. Subban Defenseman

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

22
589 352
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Braden Holtby Goaltender

23
1,002 586
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

24
792 848
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Anže Kopitar Centerman

25
902 684
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Patrice Bergeron Centerman, Forward

26
830 548
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Nicklas Bäckström Centerman

27
467 669
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NHL Players

28
522 970
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

29
354 141
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine

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30
333 675
Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Roberto Luongo Goaltender

31
742 444
Kris Letang is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Kris Letang Defenseman

32
430 169
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

33
776 770
Claude Giroux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Claude Giroux Right wing, Winger

34
730 607
Ryan Getzlaf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Ryan Getzlaf Centerman

35
838 549
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Phil Kessel Right wing

36
688 527
Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Pekka Rinne Goaltender

37
511 401
Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Joe Pavelski Right wing, Centerman, Forward

38
572 969
Zdeno Chára is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zdeno Chára Defenseman

39
442 516
Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Joe Thornton Centerman

40
354 182
Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing

41
444 388
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Taylor Hall Left Wing

42
588 562
Corey Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Corey Perry Right wing

43
676 656
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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44
585 539
Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Zach Parise Left Wing

45
830 773
Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marián Hossa Right wing

46
381 94
Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Connor Mcdavid

47
248 176
Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Victor Hedman Defenseman

48
503 418
Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Marc-André Fleury Goaltender

49
351 194
T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
T. J. Oshie Right wing

50
474 499
Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tuukka Rask Goaltender