It took him until the age of 30, a little toughness on the team, Doughty was great the beginning of his career and now tailed off, Heddy has been on an uptick for his career. Interesting how different players can be so...different.
Absolutely, I am also sure that some can argue doughty looks worse than he is due to LA being bad and Hedman looking better due to TB being good.
I could also argue that guy Boucher wasn’t the best coach for Hedman’s development as he only really started to improve under Jon cooper. I would say hedman’s been underrated the past few years due to him not being able to match the offensive output of karlsson/burns but now that those 2 have tailed off his true value is showing.
As far as longevity goes it’s pretty random sometimes. Some players will even have down years and look like their starting to decline to suddenly bounce back for another year or two. As far as hedman goes I think will depend on how strong of a D core Tampa can retain, having a good one will allow them to ease the load on him .