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The Best Current NHL Players

Updated July 31, 2020 203.0k votes 21.3k voters 238.5k 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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    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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    Sidney Crosby

    Centerman

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    1,492

    BirthplaceHalifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    423

    Nikita Kucherov

    Forward

    BirthplaceMaykop, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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    1,182

    BirthplaceSan Ramon, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

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    Victor Hedman

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    366

    BirthplaceKorkino, Russia

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    BirthplaceNorth Chelmsford, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    98

    BirthplaceTyumen, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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    Patrice Bergeron

    Centerman, Forward

    BirthplaceL'Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    755

    BirthplaceCarneys Point, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    865

    BirthplaceSorel-Tracy, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    251
    99

    BirthplaceCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    308

    Roman Josi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBern, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

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    265

    BirthplaceKitchener, Brantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Brent Burns

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceBarrie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    68

    BirthplaceSundsvall

    NationalitySweden

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    3,036
    2,231

    BirthplaceMarkham, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Mikko Rantanen

    Right wing

    NationalityFinland

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    899

    Patrik Laine

    Right wing
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    29

    Mitchell "Mitch" Marner

    Right wing

    NationalityCanada

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    1,392

    Vladimir Tarasenko

    Right wing

    BirthplaceYaroslavl, Russia

    NationalityRussia

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    152
    48

    Sebastian Aho

    Center

    NationalityFinland