Who do you take going forward? Their 5v5 advanced stats are almost identical since Nico entered the league. Both are top line centers with great scoring and defensive skills. Both draw a tone of penalties while committing very few. Nico is 3.5 years younger and seems to be ahead of where Barkov was at in his development but Barkov does not have the same support that Nico does. I think Hischier will be a more offensive threat but Barkov might be the more complete player. Nico needs to improve his faceoff ability, become a threat on the PK, and start to drive his line more. I think thats how he'll develop so this should be closer than people might think. Right now it's Barkov but I'm very high on Hischier so I think he will be the better player by his age 23 season.