Bachman

 

Richard Bachman, G

Catches: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 175

Born: 1987-07-25

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Drafted: 2006 by Dallas Stars, 120th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

August 2013 – With the experience of already playing 32 NHL games, the 26 year old will jump into a high pressure and competitive battle for an ability to win a job and possibly lead the Edmonton Oiler franchise to future glory. Step one will be earning a job on the team, but he will be on the back foot against Deven Dubnyk and Jason Labarbera, and likely fall into a depth role in Oklahoma City and be ready when needed. He is undersized, but plays large, has a very solid base of skills, but needs to work on putting out consistently strong performances to stick in the NHL. He is your prototypical ‘tweener’ too good for the AHL, but yet to secure an NHL lifestyle. The Oilers are a well-documented team needing a star goalie to get over the hump to a legitimate championship contender, they may need to move long-term current starter Dubnyk as part of a package to get one, that series of events could open the door to the use of a younger backup and longer term option and a very good job to Rich Bachman. He performed strongly for Dallas when he was needed in a pinch with a string of games, but struggled playing sparsely, which is not surprising, as for many years of development, he has been ‘the man’ rarely taking a back seat to anyone. He was once the NCAA player of the year as a rookie, also earning rookie of the year honors with a 1.85 GAA and .931 SV%. He shouldn’t be drafted in fantasy leagues, but should he earn a job, he could be worth plucking from the waiver wire.

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

 

Currently he is struggling to find a home in the NHL, but once he gets it figured out, he should be good backup option with some upside.

 

Footage:

 

Making his best sequence of saves in the NHL so far on Joe Pavelski.

 

 

 

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Richard Bachman statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects