Both similar age and production. Different playing styles. Which one would you rather have on your team?
FWIW, I am a NYR fan and I would trade Nash for Vanek straight up. IMO, Vanek is a game changer, Nash is not. Since Nash got to NY, he has 1 game where he is great then 3 where he is invisible. He scored most of his goals last season in clumps against poor teams.
I follow Buffalo also and Vanek is more often noticeable than not. Unlike Nash, I often see Vanek in front of the net. He also has a better slap shot and doesn't try to deke 2 defense-men.
I'm not saying Vanek is far and above better than Nash. But Nash seems to get extremely over rated by the hockey community, fans and professionals alike while Vanek goes relatively unnoticed.
Wouldn't mind either on my team one bit...but i'd take Nash of the two. Both guys have a bit of a reputation for fading, but when Nash does rise to occasion as we've seen in international play...that high level is just higher than anything i've seen from Vanek.