Top Ten Greatest NHL Players

The Top Ten Greatest NHL Players

1 Wayne Gretzky Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999.

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.

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

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.

In my opinion the "Great One" is highly overrated. - TheHabsFan

2 Mario Lemieux Mario Lemieux is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played parts of 17 National Hockey League seasons with the team from 1984 to 2006, assuming ownership in 1999.

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.

3 Bobby Orr Robert Gordon Orr is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

This guy is way better than Mario Lemieux. What did Lemieux do to revolutionize the NHL? Bobby Orr changed the way the position of defense is played. He was the one who made sure defensemen scored double-digit goals in a season, and he changed the skating style of the NHL. Mario Lemieux, for his first years, was pretty much the shadow of Gretzky. When Gretzky got traded, he took over, but when Gretzky was with Edmonton, Gretzky was better than Lemieux. There was no one to challenge Orr defensively. The next best defenseman was Brad Park when Orr played. Orr should be second best of all time.

The only defense man to win the scoring title...and he did it twice. AND...the only player EVER to win the Hart trophy, the Art Ross trophy, James Norris Trophy, AND the Conn Smythe trophy...ALL IN THE SAME YEAR!
(drops the mike)

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

4 Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

What an overrated hack. He gets attention that he does not deserve. The only reason why people like him was because he scored the golden goal for Canada 7 years ago in the 2010 Olympics. If he had not done that he would not be as popular.

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.

He is not greatest ever. He is just an overrated dude that thinks he is so great.

5 Gordie 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

Lol, who is Gordy Howe then? - TheHabsFan

6 Alex Ovechkin

1: Mario Lemieux
2: Alex Ovechkin
3: Bobby Orr
4: Wayne Gretzky
5: Jaromir Jagr

The greatest goal scorer of all-time. Has a chance to pass Gretzky in career goals scored and plays in a much lower scoring era.

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...

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.

7 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

Without Gretzky playing with him he wouldn't have been nearly as good. - TheHabsFan

Shut up. Stop criticizing every player on this list. Who even said you were qualified too? - Sabbath

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.

Tops everyone except Gretzky on this list for sure

8 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

Very dedicated player, I wish he played longer. - TheHabsFan

My favorite hockey player.

9 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.

10 Martin Brodeur

Brodeur is definitely the greatest NHL goalie of all time. - Sabbath

Hockey Hall of Fame 2018. - TheHabsFan

The Newcomers

? Auston Matthews Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

The Contenders

11 Peter Forsberg

he is amazing and has made some pretty cool moves

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

Why is Forsberg 9th? It doesn't even make sense? - TheHabsFan

12 Patrick Kane Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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.

Favorite player

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

13 Carey Price Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.
14 Mike Bossy Michael Dean Bossy or, according to some sources, Michael Jean Bossy is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s.

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.

The best sniper of all time. - TheHabsFan

15 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

16 Evgeni Malkin Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (born 31 July 1986), nicknamed "Geno", is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

It scored over 100 points and it has a lot of hat tricks before

17 Maurice Richard

How is he 17th!?! This guy is in the top 5 for sure. He scored 50 in 50 in the 40s. No one had even scored 50 at that point. The next player to accomplish that feat was 40 years later.

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!

Rocket Richard. People call Crosby modern dad rocket Richard when he is not.

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

18 Bobby Hull

Who makes up these lists? You have Gordie Howe on twice with two different spellings! Bobby Hull should be right up there with Jaromir Jagr at number 5. Sidney and Alex are great modern players but overrated on this list as they haven't concluded their careers Bobby Hull at number 16 is absurd. HE was the first player to score more than 50 goals in a year and did it three times in 10 years in the original six team league. At that time 50 goals was like hitting 60 home runs in baseball. Two other players each scored 50 goals only once before 1967. Bobby hull was the greatest goal scorer ever and a great all around player.

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

19 Corey Perry
20 Michael Hutchinson
21 Patrick Roy Patrick Jacques Roy is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the former head coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

Best goaltender of ALL TIME

Surely top 3 best goaltendy of allé Time

22 Connor McDavid Connor McDavid (born January 13, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He's carrying the oilers, he's one of the greatest. Good job McJesus

By the time McDavid retires he should be top 3. He's the speediest player in the league, absolutely amazing to watch on the breakaway. Let's get him higher! - TheHabsFan

This a good player I saw him score some cool goals, and once at 0.3 in game 6 of the sharks vs oilers

Give him a few years, he'll be at the top of this list.

23 Jean Beliveau

Great player. RIP - TheHabsFan

Was no fan. but a great leader and a mann with class

He was a hero, R.I.P. Beliveau.

24 Shane Doan

Arizona is nothing with out him

25 P. K. Subban
26 Joe Sakic Joseph Steven Sakic (born July 7, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player. He played his entire 21-year National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise.

It blows my mind that he is not in the top 10... He is a million times better then cindy "cry-baby" crosby...

Look I'm a Wings fan and Sakic deserves to at least be in the top 10.

How is he not top 10?

27 T.J. Oshie

A good player,should be in the top 10(note this is coming from a caps fan)

28 Phil Kessel
29 James Reimer
30 Pavel Datsyuk

Wow. Datsyuk is going to be in the hall of fame and is number 35? Really. 36 years old and still destroying. come on people.

31 Brett Hull
32 Jonathan Toews
33 Guy Lafleur
34 Mike Vernon
35 Nicklas Lidström
36 Daniel Alfredson
37 Stan Mikita
38 Chris Chelios
39 Ron Francis
40 Travis Zajac
41 Paul Coffee

Best defenceman ever. He made the entire Oiler team what it was.

42 Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).

How is he not in the top ten, he is better than a lot of the players on here

43 Vincent Lecavalier
44 Henrik Zetterburg

He's worth $75,000,000 that's more than some famous England footballers and there wall over payed
He's caption of like the best NHL team out there and if people disagree than explain why they are the most NHL team to be yoused on T.V. and moves and why in the 2014 Winter Olympics Russia's team captan was from red wing and why henrik zetterburg was Sweden's captan.

45 Alexei Kovalev
46 Fredrick Sjostrom

Laugh out loud How is this serious!?! :-0 - drakerocks4261

47 Derek Boogaard
48 Mats Sundin
49 Jeremy Roenick

The face of the NHL and the heart of the league.

J. R should at least be number 10. He's the 3rd only American born player to score 500 goals.

50 Zdeno Chara Zdeno Chára (born 18 March 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman who serves as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy while playing for the Bruins in the 2008–09 season. Standing at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall, Chára more.

There's something to be said about the tallest player in NHL history.

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