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The Best Current NHL Players

Updated July 31, 2020 206.5k votes 21.2k voters 237.9k 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 Mcdavid1
    5,591
    860

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

  • Sidney Crosby2
    7,328
    4,205

    Sidney Crosby

    Centerman

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Nikita Kucherov3
    1,141
    399

    Nikita Kucherov

    Forward

    BirthplaceMaykop, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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  • Nathan MacKinnon4
    2,606
    1,523

    BirthplaceHalifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Auston Matthews5
    2,626
    1,196

    BirthplaceSan Ramon, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Artemi Panarin6
    701
    350

    BirthplaceKorkino, Russia

  • Leon Draisaitl7
    277
    50

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

  • David Pastrňák8
    296
    76
  • Victor Hedman9
    921
    510

    Victor Hedman

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

  • Jack Eichel10
    825
    318

    BirthplaceNorth Chelmsford, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Marc-André Fleury11
    1,451
    864

    BirthplaceSorel-Tracy, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy12
    228
    88

    BirthplaceTyumen, Russia

    NationalityRussia

  • Patrice Bergeron13
    2,008
    1,323

    Patrice Bergeron

    Centerman, Forward

    BirthplaceL'Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Elias Pettersson14
    185
    56

    BirthplaceSundsvall

    NationalitySweden

  • Matthew Barzal15
    238
    88

    BirthplaceCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Johnny Gaudreau16
    1,217
    759

    BirthplaceCarneys Point, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Brent Burns17
    1,252
    842

    Brent Burns

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBarrie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Steven Stamkos18
    3,108
    2,282

    BirthplaceMarkham, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Roman Josi19
    561
    310

    Roman Josi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBern, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

  • Mark Scheifele20
    506
    257

    BirthplaceKitchener, Brantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Patrick Kane21
    4,648
    3,547

    Patrick Kane

    Right wing, Centerman

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Vladimir Tarasenko22
    1,897
    1,424

    Vladimir Tarasenko

    Right wing

    BirthplaceYaroslavl, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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  • Sebastian Aho23
    137
    38

    Sebastian Aho

    Center

    NationalityFinland

  • Patrik Laine24
    1,365
    911

    Patrik Laine

    Right wing
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov25
    550
    350

    BirthplaceChelyabinsk, Russia