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The Best Current NHL Players  

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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!

list ordered by
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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
2
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
3
Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
4
Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing, Centerman
5
Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
6
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
7
Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
8
Connor McDavid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Thomas Lessard added Center
9
Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
10
Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
11
John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
12
Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
WeDemToyz added Centerman
13
Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
PoolTime added Defenseman
14
Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
15
Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Right wing
16
Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Centerman
17
Braden Holtby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Goaltender
18
Patrik Laine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
dejour added Patrik Laine Right wing
19
Patrice Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
David0524 added Centerman, Forward
20
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman
21
Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
wiabux added Centerman
22
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman
23
Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Left Wing
24
Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Tyler Seguin Centerman
25
Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NHL Players
Defenseman