I voted Kesler. Drury's experience and leadership is obviously a huge asset, but his offensive numbers just aren't what they used to be and he's lost a step defensively as well (not that he isn't still a great defensive forward).
Tough to say at this point. Drury is obviously off to a lousy start, and Kesler is off to a great start. It is possible that this season Kesler could put up better offensive numbers, while playing a defensive game that is as good, if not better, then Drury.
Around december I think we will have a better read on this situation. At that point it will be evident whether or not Drury can get things going.
If I was an investor, I would invest into Kesler since he has the greater value and greater return.
Obviously. But the OP asked who would he take this season. I would take Kesler on my team for a second, but I think Drury is superior to Kesler right now. In the future Kesler will be a very good player, he's just not on Dru's level IMO.
Except the OP asked about this season. And specifically mentioned to exclude salaries.
So age and salary doesn't matter.
If it did, everyone, even the biggest NYR homer would vote Kesler.
For this season at an equal cap hit... Easily Drury.
I was including age and salary with HH analysis, Kesler brings a far greater return in terms of point production with his contract value. I would choose Kesler over Drury for this season when comparing all the variables with each player.