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FUTURE WATCH | Richard Bachman

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

Life happens fast. The good, the bad and the memorable. All of these moments can be difficult to process and can come at you all at once.

Richard Bachman knows all too well what that feels like, and with AHL playoffs looming, a baby on the way and a loss in the family all happening during his contract year, it's been a lot to deal with.

The Oklahoma City Barons goalie reflects on what he’s been through to this point in the season. 

“Primarily for me, from the start of the year (my goal) was to have a good training camp, and just show I’m ready to play and have a good year. Basically just get off to a strong start,” he said.

Photo by Jeff Nash | Oilers TV

Entering his second Oilers camp last summer, the backstop had previously played in 35 NHL games, three last year (0-2-1).

He had a strong inaugural year within the Oilers organization, posting a 2.99 goals against average and .908 save percentage over the course of 52 AHL regular season games, and matched the franchise’s wins record (26).  He was looking to continue to showcase his talents after inking a one-year deal with the Oilers over the summer.

“Then when I got down to OKC it was about getting comfortable with the guys and trying to establish a routine and play well here and get some wins,” said Bachman, who was on a deadline to impress, facing nine months to prove himself a contender for a highly coveted goaltending position with a professional squad.

“For me, the main focus was to get that opportunity and try get as many games up top as possible and show that I can play up there on a regular basis.”

Although the chance to don the Oilers jersey would take some time, Bachman was able to find his stride biding his time in the AHL.  He helped backstop the Barons to a record season and a playoff birth.

The 27-year old from Salt Lake City, started 12 games in a row from January 30th to March 1st going 9-2-1, impressively winning the first six.  He’s posted a 2.38 GAA this year through 23 games and holds a .918 save percentage to date.

But as the season wound down, and the Oilers dealt with an injured Viktor Fasth, they looked to a variety of their goaltending prospects.  Tyler Bunz, Laruent Brossiot and of course Bachman got his shot “up top”.  The one he’d been counting on since the beginning of the season.  And he didn’t disappoint.

Photo by Andy Devlin | Edmonton Oilers

The keeper appeared in six games for the Oilers (dressed for seven), in a call up that began with two losses to Carolina and Pittsburgh.

But at that point, dropping two games was irrelevant as sport took a back seat to real life.  Bachman, who suffered the loss of his brother, rushed home to tend to his family matters which always trumps a game.

Following a leave from the ice, Bachman's his return to Edmonton was done in triumphant fashion. But it was met with an array of emotions.

“It’s a little bit of a mix. When you take time off for something like that, just to come back and try and get emotionally invested in something that seems so small in the overall circumstances that were surrounding me (it’s hard),” Bachman said.

“But it also is a welcome gift that we have as players and teammates, to be a group and to have that sense of camaraderie.  And you have an outlet to take your mind of things. So I kind of look at it both ways, but it was great to be able to go do something you love which is a great way to heal some things.”

Upon his return, Bachman was lights out, winning three straight with the Oilers and allowing just three goals on 86 shots, and recording his second career shutout his first game back against his old team, Dallas.

“I think getting any opportunity to play at that level and league (NHL) is great and it’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Bachman.

“And then to have three wins in a row and three solid games - not only me but also the team in front of me - was really nice.  It’s what you want to do and the lasting impression you want to leave with management, especially when you’re going to be looking for a new contract this summer.”

But before thinking about a new deal, the goalie will be entering into a life-long contract just a week before the AHL playoffs begin.  Bachman and his wife are expecting baby boy in a few days, maybe even hours.

“Pretty much any minute now, any day.  His due date was (April 12).”

The dad to be is obviously looking forward to his new role, “(It’s) super exciting. It’s good to be back home and I’m excited for the little guy to get here."

Little Knox Harrison will join the family any day now, and although it means more cargo to move when Bachman potentially makes the trek to Bakersfield, his family supports him 100% anywhere he needs to go.

“(With a family) you have to think about more than what’s best for you personally at that time. You have to look at that, even though you are looking to put yourself in the best possible position to be successful at hockey for as long as you can be. In the grand scheme of things it’s short career, so you want to put yourself in the best position possible.”

Heading into the playoffs with the Barons, Bachman’s done just that— put himself in a great position to be noticed and to be acknowledged for his strong and inspirational play between the pipes.

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, April 15, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 53 4 6 10 +9 41
TRAVIS EWANYK F 22 69 3 5 8 -25 120
MATT FORD* F 30 67 18 34 52 -5 34
MARTIN GERNAT d 22 54 1 8 9 +1 32
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 23 61 12 18 30 0 38
RYAN HAMILTON
F 30 41 17 19 36 +8 15
JACKSON HOUCK
F 20 5 0 1 1 0 0
BRAD HUNT D 26 60 19 32 51 -7 18
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 39 4 5 9 -5 31
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 47 5 9 14 -3 10
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 51 4 6 10 -7 62
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
JOEY LALEGGIA
F 22 3 0 1 1 -5 0
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 28 1 4 5 -5 59
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 23 28 0 7 7 -5 20
ANDREW MILLER F 26 61 26 32 58 +10 14
MITCH MOROZ F 20 64 5 3 8 -16 167
DAVID MUSIL D 22 63 1 9 10 -2 33
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 64 8 17 25 -6 8
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 39 17 11 28 +17 20
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 25 1 10 11 +3 117
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
Kyle Platzer
F 20 2 2 0 2 +1 0
DILLON SIMPSON
d 22 69 2 14 16 +1 14
C.J. STRETCH*
F 25 20 2 6 8 -6 20
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 70 21 29 50 -15 30
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 57 12 16 28 +7 18
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 21 44 8 10 18 +5 17
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 58 5 5 10 -14 58
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 25 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 26 3 11 14 -7 21
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 64 6 25 31 +19 63 EVERETT (WHL)
4 0 0 0 0 8 PLAYOFFS
GREG CHASE  C 20 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
46 18 26 44 +4 39 victoria (whl)
8 6 2 8 +2 4 PLAYOFFS
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 32 19 34 53 +14 25 KELOWNA (WHL)
7 3 8 11 +8 2 PLAYOFFS
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 65 22 29 51 -9 84 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 20 36 10 23 33 +18 58 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
8 2 2 4 +13 22 PLAYOFFS
KYLE PLATZER F 19 68 34 47 81 +13 46 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
5 1 4 5 0 4 PLAYOFFS
MARCO ROY
F 20 59 26 24 50 +6 43 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
10 3 3 6 +10 2 playoffs
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 34 12 15 27 +7 29 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 54 20 40 60 0 31 VERNON (BCHL)
11 3 7 10 2 PLAYOFFS
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 48 1 13 14 +16 77 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 37 15 25 40 +14 56 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 31 4 8 12 -8 28 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 36 6 9 15 +8 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 38 8 14 22 +9 2 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 53 18 13 31 -3 24 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 25 56 6 19 25 -22 34 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 58 15 10 25 0 12 UFA (KHL)

5 0 2 2 0 PLAYOFFS
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 46 10 10 20 -2 89 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 9 0 0 0 -1 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
39 4 5 9 -11 22 HK SAROV (VHL)
1 0 0 0 0 0 Nizhny Novgorod (MHL)
3 1 0 1 +1 4 PLAYOFFS
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 23 14 5 3   3 2.38 .911 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 36 15 13 5   1 3.85 .872 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 51 23 22 4   3 2.62 .916 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 17 6 10 1   2 2.97 .890 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 22 11 9 0   1 2.63 .906 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 25 8 11 3   1 3.20 .889 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 33 11 15 4   0 3.28 .876 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

 

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