In response to OatesCam's comment:
In response to BsLegion's comment:
Oh man it shows this is a Bruins forum . c'mon guys ! how can you tell Hamilton will be better than Subban ?
He has been significantly better at every level, every year of his career. He is bigger, faster and more talented. He has achieved success at a far younger age, and at 21 he has rapidly improved into a solid NHL defensesman with some high-end offensive skill. No one is saying he's better than Subban now, but it seems more likely than not that he will exceed Subban in time if you compare their career progress year on year. At this stage, PK was still a minor-leaguer.
I was really impressed with Dougie at the end of last year. I wouldn't surprised if he became a dominant defenseman as early as this coming season, his third. A year ago I wasn't sold, but now I definitely am.
That does not mean Hamilton will be better. As others have stated players develop at different stages in their career and some stop developing at a younger age while others continue to develop their whole careers. I would not use this as a barometer on whom will have a better career.
I saw Subban play in Ottawa at the WJC and he was simply amazing. He was in on the game tying goal with less than 20secs against the Russian. He made a great rush, brought the puck into the Russians end with their whole team clogging the blueline (and neutral zone) trying to hold the lead.
Also it's in Montreal's tradition to break-in players later in their development. In Montreal it's been their knock by the fans . I'm sure if he was drafted by Nashville or Florida he would have come in straight from Juniors. He was that good.