Personally Max and Hemsky are both awesome players. They both will be around the 80 or 90 point marks this year and probably the next few. However MAx is a half a million cheaper and has a bit better leadership qualities. If he didn't Ruff would have given the A to Campbell, Hecht or MAir.
I think afinogenov is benefiting greatly by being on a team as great offensively as buffalo; that being said, he's currently better than hemsky. I see hemsky being better in the long run, but that's just an assumption. Edmonton wins this trade by a bit, though it will NEVER happen.
Vanek and Hemsky playing together for the foreseeable future would be SICK.
IMO, Buffalo wins that one.
Afinogenov has really come into his own in the new NHL, and at 27 years old has now hit his prime. I love his game and think he is a great player, but IMO there is no way he has equal trade value to Hemsky.