I love it. Let's see what the kid looks like at NHL speed. With Whitney and Orpik progressing, if Welch gives early indication that he can be a top unit D-man, the need for Johnson becomes less and less.
That would let the Pens focus on a sniper.
There are d-men in the system and as draftees that can be top 6 guys, so if Welch is going to be a top guy, we have 3 of our top 4 D already.