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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

When you look at Oilers goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera, size is evident. Both of those backstops are over 6-foot-3 and fill the net on physical presence alone.

Richard Bachman who has a .932 save percentage through two starts this season and a goals against average of 2.40, both team-highs, stands at just 5-foot-10. The Oilers goaltender has had to learn to use his technique and athleticism to overcome his height. It is something that has allowed him to become more and more successful in his career.

It also gives the organization a different breed of goaltender to look at when it comes to forming a depth chart upon the return of Dubnyk from injury.

"I play with what I have," said Bachman. "I am not the tallest guy. I try to fill the net and stay positionally sound. It does give them something different to look at. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, that's not my job to say. You just play with what you have and I've learned to make up for my height in other areas and I try to use that a strength."

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