Best Russian Hockey Players

The 10 greatest Russian/Soviet Hockey players of all-time.

The Top Ten

1 Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.


Best goal scorer at the highest level ever played.

Can play both ways, physical, handles the puck well and passes well too. Great all around game and done with just one team.

Best hockey player ever. end of story. just go watch his highlights.

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2 Pavel Datsyuk

Not as big as Ovie but just an absolute freak when it came to puck control and running the ice. And he beat up Corey Perry.

Great player, great captian, humble person. The best.

Silkiest mitts you ever saw. Smart, fast and strong. Datsyuk is captain of the Russian Olympic team for a reason

Simply The most talented player I ever saw... and my other Hockey idol is Gretzky!

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3 Evgeni Malkin

How is Malkin not better than Crosby three-time Stanley Cup champion and he has more points

No comparison, 3 time Stanley Cup champion, Art Ross, Hart, Ted Lindsay, Conn Smythe and highest points per game average as a Russian player.

Malkin best

Malkin better than overrated Bure

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4 Valeri Kharlamov

Anyone who puts someone ahead of Kharlamov obviously never saw him play. He wasn't just the best player in the Soviet Union, he was the best player in the world. Better than any NHL player. The guy had it all!

no doubt, best hockey player ever... If Canadians do not break him, they lose superseries 72, 5-3. "we just can't stop him" - John Ferguson.

The only way Canada won the summit series is because bobby clarke slashed kharlamov

He made Russia beat cananda, when everybody deemed it impossible. Also tainted a lot by injury's. And had a very tough life, fighting for a spot in a team of which he was the best by far of. Long, but true story, the coach, Tarasov didn't play him. How did he earn a position? He proved himself at the few times he was given chances. Best ice hockey player in Russia. Best ice hockey player in the World!

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5 Pavel Bure


Pavel is solid player and good attacking from goalie and good backing.

Most exciting player to ever play the game!

He is the fastest player

6 Vladislav Tretiak

One of the greatest goalie's of all-time

Best goalie ever

Should be #1 on this list for sure.
Simply one of the greatest goalies ever. Imagine if he ever played in the NHL?
He would be a superstar year after year.
First non NHLer in the Hall of Fame.
He is an absolutely outstanding goalie.

7 Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk is one of the rarest breeds of hockey players ever. With the most underrated shot ever.

ilya kovalchuk is amazing he came out of nowhere and is now one of the best players on the devils

Purest all around talent ever!

He is very powerful and he always scores goles and their is even a film about him

8 Sergei Fedorov

Dude had over 120 points in an MVP winning year

Russian 5, 120 points, 2 time selkie,1 hart, 3 time stanly cup winner, so underrated, a absolute god

one of the most underrated forward ever

First Russian to win the Hart Trophy - VADERtheIMPALER

9 Sergei Makarov

Best player I ever kow

Incredible skill, speed and goal scoring ability. Wow what a player.

10 Igor Larionov

The smartest Russian player of all time

The Contenders

11 Viacheslav Fetisov

The greatest. No doubt.

12 Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for the St.

Come on this low.

Top ten player

13 Evgeni Nabokov

H eis having rough seasons.

14 Alexander Mogilny

Alex is definitely in the top just never got to watch him because he played in Buffalo..Lafontaine and mogilny were unstoppable

Great hands, great skater, was afraid to fly

15 Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov should be at least in the 10 best russian players.

16 Alexei Kovalev

Unbelievable skater with fantastic hands.

17 Vyacheslav Bykov
18 Alexander Radulov
19 Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky

Best goalie

20 Alexander Majorov
21 Boris Mikhailov

Why in the hell isn't this guy on here?

2 Olympic Gold Medals
MVP: 1977, 1978, 1979 Challenge Cup
Soviet Captain: 1972-1980
Leading Soviet Scorer: 1975, 1976, 1978
Leading Scorer IIHF World Championships: 1977, 1978
Top goal scorer at the IIHF World Championships: 1977, 1978
Best forward at IIFH World Championships: 1973, 1979 (other forward is Kharlamov)
Second leading Soviet Scorer of all time (Maltsev is the all-time Soviet leading scorer)
Also, claimed by many the best player in the world in 1979-1980.

Mikhailov and Kharlamov were on the same line together. These two were a wrecking machine.

22 Vladimir Sobotka
23 Alexander Ragulin
24 Sergei Gonchar
25 Maxim Afinogenov
26 Andrei Markov

Quiet leader with excellent vision

27 Nikita Zaitsev
28 Vladimir Krutov

One of the greatest players of all time! Tremendous speed, strength, and power. Great goal scorer and extremely tough. I'd put him #2 behind kharlamov.

Way overrated. A bust in nhl. So he went to Swiss league c

29 Vladimir Konstantinov

Probably the most physical Soviet defenseman to ever play. Total defensive package

30 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Great hockey IQ, and a very interesting and fun player to watch. Bright future for the 26 year old Washington Capitals center.

31 Valeri Kamensky
32 Sergei Zubov
33 Vyacheslav Kozlov
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