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The Best Current NHL Players 

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Updated March 5, 2020 245.4k votes 20.6k voters 232.7k views 199 items

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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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#739 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #255 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #11 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time

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Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

Birthplace: Markham, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#582 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #87 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #7 of 50 The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

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Connor McDavid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Center

Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

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

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Nationality: United States of America

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#1,841 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #59 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #6 of 63 The Shortest Players In The NHL Today

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John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#106 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #68 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019 #22 of 50 The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Centerman

Birthplace: San Ramon, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

7
Marc-André Fleury... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

Birthplace: Sorel-Tracy, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman

Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia

Nationality: Russia

9
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Brent Burns Defenseman

Birthplace: Barrie, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Vladimir Tarasenko Right wing

Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

Nationality: Russia

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#116 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #303 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #12 of 63 The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

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Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

Birthplace: Carneys Point, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

12
Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Nikita Kucherov Forward

Birthplace: Maykop, Russia

Nationality: Russia

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#329 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #218 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #10 of 63 The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

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Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward

Birthplace: L'Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman

Birthplace: Brampton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
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Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Center

Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Nicklas Bäckstr&oum... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman

Birthplace: Gävle, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

Birthplace: Lloydminster, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
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Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender

Birthplace: Kempele, Finland

Nationality: Finland

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Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

Birthplace: Landsbro, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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#104 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #26 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL History #179 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Right wing
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P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#214 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #61 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL Historylisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Jack Eichel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Jeremy Mosher added Center

Birthplace: North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Nationality: United States of America

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Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing

Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Nationality: Canada