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The Best Current NHL Players

Updated July 31, 2020 206.7k 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
    5,595
    863

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

  • Sidney Crosby2
    7,335
    4,208

    Sidney Crosby

    Centerman

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Nikita Kucherov3
    1,141
    403

    Nikita Kucherov

    Forward

    BirthplaceMaykop, Russia

    NationalityRussia

  • Nathan MacKinnon4
    2,612
    1,523

    BirthplaceHalifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Auston Matthews5
    2,630
    1,198

    BirthplaceSan Ramon, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Leon Draisaitl6
    280
    51

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

  • Artemi Panarin7
    701
    354

    BirthplaceKorkino, Russia

  • David Pastrňák8
    300
    76
  • Victor Hedman9
    924
    510

    Victor Hedman

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

  • Jack Eichel10
    828
    318

    BirthplaceNorth Chelmsford, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Marc-André Fleury11
    1,452
    866

    BirthplaceSorel-Tracy, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy12
    230
    88

    BirthplaceTyumen, Russia

    NationalityRussia

  • Patrice Bergeron13
    2,010
    1,323

    Patrice Bergeron

    Centerman, Forward

    BirthplaceL'Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Matthew Barzal14
    239
    88

    BirthplaceCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Johnny Gaudreau15
    1,218
    759

    BirthplaceCarneys Point, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Elias Pettersson16
    185
    58

    BirthplaceSundsvall

    NationalitySweden

  • Brent Burns17
    1,252
    843

    Brent Burns

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBarrie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Steven Stamkos18
    3,110
    2,282

    BirthplaceMarkham, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Roman Josi19
    562
    310

    Roman Josi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBern, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

  • Mark Scheifele20
    507
    257

    BirthplaceKitchener, Brantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Sebastian Aho21
    138
    38

    Sebastian Aho

    Center

    NationalityFinland

  • Patrick Kane22
    4,651
    3,547

    Patrick Kane

    Right wing, Centerman

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Vladimir Tarasenko23
    1,897
    1,426

    Vladimir Tarasenko

    Right wing

    BirthplaceYaroslavl, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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  • Patrik Laine24
    1,368
    911

    Patrik Laine

    Right wing
  • Taylor Hall25
    1,141
    844

    Taylor Hall

    Left Wing

    BirthplaceCalgary, Canada

    NationalityCanada