As an AHL rookie, Bachman posted a 28-19-5 record with Texas and ranked fourth in the AHL with a 2.20 goals against average, third with a .927 save percentage and tied for fourth with six shutouts. In the playoffs he was 2-4 with a 2.29 goals against average and .917 save percentage.
Bachman took over as the No.1 goaltender when veteran Brent Krahn went out of action with an injury early in the season. He ended up ranked second in the AHL in minutes played and in saves.
“He was the backbone of the team,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “If he had a bad game, you knew he was going to bounce back with a good one.”
As teams move towards bigger goaltenders, Bachman bucks the trend at 5-11, 175 pounds. And he's defied any doubters, getting the job done at every level by stopping pucks and winning games.
“He’s a competitor. He’s a quiet competitor. He’s not a vocal guy, but he’s a competitor,” Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Bachman back in April. “I knew he’d compete for us all year, but he surprised me with how competitive he is. That’s his greatest asset.”
The Stars re-signed Bachman to a one-year, two-way contract this week. He’s expected to be in Texas again next season.
Bachman was ranked 9th among Dallas prospects in The Hockey News Future Watch 2011 and third among Stars goaltending prospects, behind Jack Campbell and Tyler Beskorowany.
“It’s interesting because we’ve drafted some other players at that position who have some notoriety, but how can you deny this kid,” said Jackson. “He’s played very well. He’s just a total pro. There’s just not much maintenance there. He just plays and his numbers show that he played well. I think he is in a really good spot.”
Background on Dallas Stars prospect Richard Bachman.