Top Ten Greatest NHL Players

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The Top Ten

1 Wayne Gretzky Wayne Gretzky

They don't call him the great one for nothing. He also has more assists than anyone has goals and assists. And 4 200 point seasons along with a 196 season. Only 4 times ever done.

The great thing about the great one was it wasn't just about on the ice. He cared off the ice about the game and people as well. Thank you great one.

He is just amazing nothing short I can't believe people think he is not the best he is by far the best gretzky is amazing

You are the best ever

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2 Mario Lemieux Mario Lemieux

Mario lemieux is better than all the players because it only took him 1 shot to score his very first goal. That's why he should be top spot. He's amazing because I don't know anyone else who can score in just one shot.

Mario got cut down in him prime or he would have had 2 to 3 times as many Cups. Great goal scorer but as an overall player, offense, defense, passing, hitting, etc... Best of all time! Sorry 99

I'm sorry for math gods, but 66 is GREATER fan 99.

He shouldn't be in the Top 3, is #4 behind Gretzky, Orr and Howe on most lists.

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3 Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr was amazing! He could juke, skate super fast, and shoot the daylight out! Don't you remember Orr shooting from the opposite side of the rink and making it in the empty net for the win? Incredible! How many other players have done what Orr could have done! Best player ever! Makes sense that the greatest hockey player in history was on the greatest hockey team in history the BOSTON BRUINS! He is my hockey hero!

Bobby orr could just deke past gretzky, lemieux or any other player
his defensive skills were amazing and his offense was incredible too
he won the art ross twice, had a 139 point season(a thing that no incredible forward could get, he got a 102 assist season, one of three to do it

The greatest hockey player to ever lace up skates. He was a man among boys when he was in his prime.

He was the first all around player

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4 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

Crosby is the best player in the world right now. He's not my favorite, but there's no doubt he's the greatest. The kid is on track to beat The great one. He lives the game. Yeah, he used to be a sook, but he's not anymore. But the reputation is stuck with him. The guys a living legend

This is a joke. He is not better then all those guys and I know what I am talking about unlike the guy that made this list. And when I say all those guys I mean the top 30 players. Forget crosbey.

I don't think that he should be in the Top 10 by now.

No doubt, the greatest right now.

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5 Gordy Howe

No offense guys, but this list is crap. Gordie Howe is supposed to be top 5 material, there is no Maurice "the rocket" Richard even on here, and you put Peter Forsberg at number four, I mean, he's good, but he's not number four. Moreover, You put Crosby and Ovechkin on here, no offense, but I think we should wait until they have both won stanley cups before we start putting them on the list. The top 5 should be, in no particular order: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Maurice Richard.

801 goals! Only one person has more than that and that is Wayne Gretzky. Bobby orr said Gordie was the best, so did Wayne, Rocket, and Mario. He must be the best if all of them say that.

This guy starred in my favorite team, the whalers. Even though they haven't won a stanley cup, they will always be the greatest team ever. - fredthewaffle

#3 on most reasonable lists I saw.

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6 Jaromir Jagr

Lemieux should not score so many goals without Jagr. They should be best hockey couple.

Lemieux had his highest scoring season (88-89) before Jagr was even in the NHL

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7 Alex Ovechkin

He is the best player in the NHL now, how is Crosby in front of him, its not right to see Crosby ahead of him. Now he and the caps are ready for the Stanley cup...

Ovechkin is very good and should be higher. He is consistent and has never been injured. He makes all kinds of crazy goals.

Ovi is the first player to win the 4 major awards, all in 1 season. Hart, Richard, Ross, and Pearson. He has also won the Hart 3 times! Crosby has only won the Hart once. This clearly shows that Alex is the better player, and also shows that Crosby, and Pittsburgh, are just bandwagons.

I think the reason they put ovechkin on #8 is because his the great 8

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8 Gordie Howe Gordie Howe
9 Mark Messier

come on! he has the record for second place in point leading! by FAR the best leader EVER. he went through all the news and said we will win tonight! he should be won step higher than crosby. but JUST ONE. I agree gretzky is one but STILL! the rangers were going to lose the series against the devils and he convinced everyone that the rangers would win the game. and he scored a HAT TRICK to WIN the game! should be #4! god! - 2234

Crosby is 8 slots over THE captain? Are you kidding me? How is he even outside of the top 10? Good god! He should absolutely be top 5 if not top 4.

10 Steve Yzerman

How is sid the squid up higher then Stevie?!?!?! That makes no sense Steve was the greatest leader of all time! He was passionate about hockey and didn't care about his stats and wasnt a cherry picker like Sid and Gretzky! - PEYMAN18

The best leader any team can have, sure he didn't have the stats as some of the other guys did but he was probably the most passionate about the game of hockey. One of the best!

you have to be kidding any nhl expert puts yzerman at least in the top ten if not the top 5

Yzerman played the game with passion, skill, heart, desire and class.

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The Newcomers

? Dave Keon

Ok it's kinda funny that some random bad players are high on this list but Dave Keon is one of the most outstanding players ever. At the age of fifty he could probably beat Sidney Crosby and Alex overblown at most skills. come on guys

The Contenders

11 Maurice Richard

The Rocket maybe could've been similar to Gretzky if He had the right to a curved stick, Maurice was physical, a team player, a goal assister and a goal scorer!

Gretzky l, lemieux and orr it s ok but the rest rocket is better

Montreal's old pride and joy hockey player =3

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12 Peter Forsberg

Power & Technics, scoring & passing, he had it all, just awesome player. One of the best in the history of the game.

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13 Jean Beliveau V 2 Comments
14 Mike Bossy

Greatest goal scorer of all time. Let's say he never had injury problems and he played as many games as gretzky. If he kept career pace, he would have had around 1100 goals and even if he didn't he still would probably have 950+ goals.

15 Martin Brodeur
16 Patrick Roy V 1 Comment
17 Bobby Hull

This is a joke! Bobby Hull belongs in the top five players on your list. Had over 1,000 career goals and over 2,000 career points in 23 years of professional hockey. Was the associated press player of the decade for the NHL during the 1960's. First player to score over 50 goals in consecutive years. Led the NHL in goal scoring 7 times in 15 years, with three Art Ross trophies and and two Hart trophies. Plus a Lady Bing trophy. Enough said.

Belongs in the top 5 players of this or list of all time great hockey players!

Bobby Hull should be in the top 5!
He scored tons of goals & his slap shot was 120mph!
He wasn't nicknamed "the golden jet" for nothing - Ajkloth

18 Patrick Kane Patrick Kane

He's the best nhl player in 2010-2016 and he's my favorite player of all time he's really really good he has to 10-in the top 10

Kane is the best American player in the NHL.

And his eye q level is higher than Wayne Gretzky number he has done some bad things in his life but everyone dose because I know I have do a lot of bad things but I've do good things too

Favorite player

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19 Carey Price Carey Price Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.
20 Teemu Selanne

He is still one of the league's top scorers at age 40 and holds the record for the best rookie season EVER. Not to mention one of the top goal scorers of all time, and still strong! Two words, FINNISH FLASH

The Finnish flash cannot be competed with in his rookie season

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