I'd remove Todd- never an elegant or artistic skater-he always went for the bombastic movie track-and looked more like a wooden toy soldier.
Toller, on the ther hand was elegant.
Adam is artistic, but doesn't have the effortless power to be elegant yet. Same with Hanyu.
ETA: Should Shawn Sawyer be on this list? He has amazing positions on spins, spirals, but I am not quite convinced that the rest of his skating is elegant. I am open to a different opinion though.
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Anton Sikharulidze came to mind first.
Emanuel Sandhu was the very first one that came to my mind and I was surprised not to see him on the initial list. Sebastien Britten was another very elegant skater - totally aware of the picture he painted on the ice.
I say the most elegant currently competing are Abbott, Takahashi, and Chan in that order. Takahashi occasionally falls victim to awkward choreography and to me, Chan tends towards skating elements rather than programs. The individual elements look gorgeous, they just don't flow together amazingly like Abbott's and Takahashi's can.
Though he lacks the jumps and program difficulty to compete at the level of most others listed in this thread,
Jonathan Cassar is quite elegant IMHO.
Ice Dance: Peter T.
Pairs: Mr. Tong
Grinkov, Curry. There's so many but those two were extraordinary.
(i can't say the same on Chan's style.)
I've never really thought of Todd Eldridge as being elegent...
Nubka - Unpaid Slave Laborer...
David Liu who went on to compete internationally for Taiwan didn't have a lot of technical difficulty in his jumps for the time either, but I love his SLSS in this program --years before doing it on one foot became a feature .
And I completely agree with Allen Schramm's mention earlier on, too. Very creative and trying different things -all while maintaining good positions.
Oh, I'd definitely include Chan. His precise movements, the beautiful flow of the elements, the gorgeous positions, the astonishing footwork. Very elegant.
I'm not sure I'd include Sawyer, though I really like what he does.