Richard Bachman


Salt Lake City Utah



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4th round (120th overall), 2006


159 lbs.

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2003-04: Richard Backman played for Cushing Academy in Massachusetts and posted a GAA of 1.84 and had 3 shutouts in 28 games.

2004-05: With Cushing, Bachman posted a GAA of 2.06 and save percentage of .931 in 29 games, including 3 shutouts.

2005-06: Bachman played for the Boston Jr. Bruins in the Tier 1 18-and-under national championships, where he stifled the competition, en route to posting a 4-1 record, .936 save %, and 1.69 GAA.

2006-07: Bachman got off to a rather uneventful start with Chicago (USHL) going 2-5 with a 4.85 GAA and .888 save percentage before being dealt from another Stars prospect, Pat McGann.  Bachman improved with his new club Cedar Rapids and brought his GAA back under 3 (2.99) and his save percentage back over .900 (.913).  He committed to Colorado College for 2007-08.

2007-08: Bachman got his first taste of NCAA hockey with Colorado College.  Bachman had an impressive year, winning 25 of 35 games with a sub-2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage.  He was named the WCHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year; the only other player to accomplish this feat was Curtis Joseph.

2008-09: In his Sophomore season with Colorado College(NCAA), Bachman went 14-11-10, finishing with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

2009-10: Bachman turned pro, starting the year with the Idaho Steelheads(ECHL). He went 22-7-4 with a 2.28 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He was promoted to the Texas Stars(AHL), going 4-4-0 with a 2.15 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

2010-11: With Brent Krahn sidelined with injury once again, Bachman was thrust into a full-time AHL role and was very impressive.  As a rookie, Bachman finished top-five in all major statistical goalie categories (wins, GAA, save pct., shutouts and saves) among all American League netminders.  Certainly benefitting from Texas’ defense-first mentality but he still performed admirably in the face of organizational-wide injuries.  His athletic style provides tremendous saves when the defense does break down.


Talent Analysis

Bachman has excellent quickness and agility in his crease.  At just 5'10, Bachman is small.  He has a lightning quick glove hand and is very athletic - a trait that he uses to keep himself in plays that some goalies would be out of.  Will challenge out high, but will need to sharpen his judgment as he moves up the ranks because his athleticism might not be able to bail him out at higher levels.  He plays with confidence and is a player who teammates can rally around.  Could use some improvement with stickhandling.  Needs to have more confidence in himself in big-game situations, and needs to avoid psyching himself out when the spotlight is on him. 

AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
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