What is the evidence of Drew Doughty being better?
I don't need much of that either, apart from the fact he's the only proven top 4 d-man on a rebuilding team that has been trending down for a few seasons now.
People said the same thing about Weber 3 years ago, in 2018, after MTL had finished in the toilet of the league, which led them to pick KK: «oh Weber is washed up he can't do **** anymore he's crap»
And then he returns the season after and boom, everyone now suddenly admitted that he was still good all along.
Doughty has been through the same pattern, except he doesn't have a Jeff Petry to help him out. And LA was a bit better this season and guess what? DD looked much better than the season before.
It's that simple.
Meanwhile you got a d-man who's had THREE «meh» playoff runs IN A ROW, 2 of which he was straight up terrible at defense on CONTENDER.
It's really that simple, this is the bottom line.
Hamilton is good, and one of the best PP quarterbacks in the east, but not an elite d-man.