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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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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Prior to playing in the NHL, ...more
2
6,831 3,823
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Crosby was drafted first overall by the ...more
3
4,602 3,223
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman
Patrick Timothy Kane II, is an American professional ice hockey right wing/center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall ...more
4
3,514 2,494
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
Evgeni Vladimirovich "Geno" Malkin is a Russian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He is known for his ...more
5
2,524 2,612
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Beginning his junior career with the Tri-City Americans in the ...more
6
2,687 1,996
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. He was selected by the Senators in the ...more
7
3,763 591
Connor McDavid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Center
Connor McDavid (born January 13, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered to be the best player in ...more
8
1,495 1,218
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Nathan MacKinnon is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Avalanche in the 2013 ...more
9
3,018 1,838
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
Steven Stamkos is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and team captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Stamkos was the first overall pick in the 2006 OHL Entry ...more
10
2,378 1,582
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
John Tavares is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who serves as captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He was selected first overall by the Islanders in the ...more
11
1,714 1,771
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman
Drew Doughty is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 ...more
12
1,589 2,876
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
Jonathan Douglas Quick is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Kings selected Quick with the 72nd overall pick in the 2005 ...more
13
3,522 2,626
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
Jonathan Bryan Toews is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Toews was selected by the Blackhawks ...more
14
1,638 1,990
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
Jamie Benn is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently serves as captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Benn played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets ...more
15
1,792 2,359
Jaromír Jágr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
Jaromír Jágr is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He formerly played with the Pittsburgh ...more
16
1,786 692
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Centerman
Auston Matthews (born September 17, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. ...more
17
1,606 980
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Tarasenko has played for the Russian junior ...more
18
1,603 1,116
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward
Patrice Bergeron-Cleary is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He played junior hockey with the ...more
19
1,203 772
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
Braden Holtby is a Canadian professional hockey goalie who is currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. He was selected 93rd overall by the Capitals in the ...more
20
1,052 870
Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
voting closed at #14 Centerman
Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk is a Russian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the ...more
21
1,251 1,413
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman
Anže Kopitar, nicknamed Kopi, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL ...more
22
1,759 1,203
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Subban was drafted by ...more
23
1,829 1,537
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
Henrik Björn Lundqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in ...more
24
1,371 900
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman
Lars Nicklas Bäckström is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.
25
1,037 471
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine