He might not be good right off the bat (he is after all, a rookie), but as others have said, so what? The team is in the toilet, so there's no pressure to do well outside of what he expects of himself.
And just in case anyone is still owrried about how a bad couple of games might afvesely affect him, consider these two points:
1. He went to the all-star game and got lit up to the tune of a -6. In the 25 games since that night, he's scored 2 goals and 9 assists for 11 points, rated a +3 and racked up 44 PIMs. You can find this at Noah Welch's AHL.com profile
. Click the "Game by Game button above his picture for breakdown of statistics.
2. In his latest blog entry
, Jonathan Bombulie says this of Welch:
From a developmental perspective, the Noah Welch situation has been handled perfectly this season. Pair him with a veteran (Chris Kelleher) as he gets his feet wet. Increase his responsibilites in the AHL (more power-play time, etc.) as the season wears on. Then give him a call-up to the NHL to see how he fares. Even if he struggles in the NHL, Welch isn't the kind of kid who would be fazed by a setback.