Thanks guys...I checked and they are both the same age and nearly the same weight. Talent Wise, I think Semin is better but the problem with him is (from what I hear) his attitude. I just don't know him as a player but for a strange reason, I feel he would be less consistent than Vanek...But it's also true that Vanek has a better deam to develop his talent...arrgg!
I've followed Vanek in college before he was drafted. I really, really like him. He's huge for a scorer, thick body, amazing shot and underrated hockey sense. It's difficult to stop him physically. He's always reminded me of Miro Satan as far as skillset. Vanek is playing great but there's no way to ignore the talent around him. Vanek has been very enthusiastic in his young career and showed the killer instinct. He also gets better when the stakes are high.
I didn't have the privilege to see young Semin like that but he has impressed me a lot in the NHL, just like Vanek. Washington is really a pitiful roster and have very little in the way of system (probably due to the lack of general talent to execute any). Semin is extremely explosive, his stickhandling is up there with the best and it seems like the puck is tied to his stick sometimes. His skating is out of this world and once he's got the puck along the board, he works his magic and find lanes like the best of them. He's elite in that respect. There are just a handful of players who can think offense like this guy and Vanek isn't one of them.
They're both awesome. I've been really impressed with both but they are in totally different situations. In Buffalo, you can't focus exclusively on Vanek when his line is out. In Washington, two men are often assigned to Semin.
The stats are not going to give the story here. They're both awesome but it's too early to declare a clear winner. At this point, I'd choose Semin.