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The Best Current NHL Players

Updated July 31, 2020 211.0k votes 20.9k voters 235.7k views191 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Connor Mcdavid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    5,693
    832

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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    Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    7,559
    4,316

    Sidney Crosby

    Centerman

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,119
    328

    Nikita Kucherov

    Forward

    BirthplaceMaykop, Russia

    NationalityRussia

  • 4
    Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    2,701
    1,145

    BirthplaceSan Ramon, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 5
    Artemi Panarin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    676
    288

    BirthplaceKorkino, Russia

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    Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,473
    798

    BirthplaceSorel-Tracy, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 7
    Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    2,568
    1,585

    BirthplaceHalifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 8
    Jack Eichel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    803
    274

    BirthplaceNorth Chelmsford, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 9
    Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,257
    709

    BirthplaceCarneys Point, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 10
    Leon Draisaitl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    157
    14

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

  • 11
    David Pastrňák is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    202
    38
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    Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    885
    496

    Victor Hedman

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,289
    800

    Brent Burns

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBarrie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 14
    Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    2,044
    1,334

    Patrice Bergeron

    Centerman, Forward

    BirthplaceL'Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Mark Scheifele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    497
    225

    BirthplaceKitchener, Brantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 16
    Matthew Barzal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    186
    53

    BirthplaceCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 17
    Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,835
    1,078

    Patrik Laine

    Right wing
  • 18
    Roman Josi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    545
    293

    Roman Josi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBern, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

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    Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    3,213
    2,341

    BirthplaceMarkham, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Andrei Vasilevskiy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    167
    62

    BirthplaceTyumen, Russia

    NationalityRussia

  • 21
    Elias Pettersson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    124
    21

    BirthplaceSundsvall

    NationalitySweden

  • 22
    Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    549
    324

    BirthplaceChelyabinsk, Russia

  • 23
    Sebastian Aho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    90
    7

    Sebastian Aho

    Center

    NationalityFinland

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    Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,181
    846

    Taylor Hall

    Left Wing

    BirthplaceCalgary, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • 25
    Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
    1,349
    965

    Pekka Rinne

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceKempele, Finland

    NationalityFinland

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