Eh, we've got new girlfriend (or boyfriend) syndrome with the new d-man. Like the rest of the league, let's give him a few weeks so we can see his flaws and pick them apart.
They're definitely there. At the very least he's still dazzled by the speed of some stickhandling, which has beaten him in passing plays a few times. Not exactly the fastest, but he is what he is. Physical, and willing to be a crease presence.
Shiny new toy. Absolutely, but at least he is showing well.
And there is a hip check.
Why don't Carlson and Green try basic things like hitting.
Players don't try hip checks because refs don't see them enough so they call penalties on them. Zubrus throws a beautiful hip check, and I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times he got called for tripping on them.