Richard Bachman: a Diamond in the Rough for the Oilers?

Through the first dozen games the Edmonton Oilers have been the victim of suspect goaltending and at times the club was paralyzed by the soft goal.  A handful of games the team would forget to show up and Devan Dubnyk would keep his club in the contest, but on an inconsistent basis.  Then a minor ankle injury that sidelined Dubnyk opened the door for Richard Bachman and he did more than just step into the spotlight; he stole the show.

Despite taking the shootout loss last night in Los Angeles, Bachman was all the rage by making 47 saves.  That’s 47 saves in 65 minutes of play and needless to say, it was simply incredible.

It’s a small sample size to say the least, but as an Oilers fan and having endured the goaltending that’s been on display to start this season, watching Bachman last night was a breathe of fresh air.

One can make the argument that the team in front of him was tired given it was the tail end of back-to-back contests and not to mention it was their eighth game out of their last nine that was played on the road. Throw in the multiple time zones that they’ve crossed over the last few days and fatigue may have been a factor.

But Bachman was brilliant none the less and there is no taking that away from him. Could this be a diamond in the rough for the Oilers?  Could he be the solution to their gaping question mark in goal?

Again, it’s only one-game and if he starts Tuesday and lays an egg, well then all the buzz and excitement is for not.  But if he turns in another solid start, then maybe the Oilers have something here.

Miikka Kiprusoff was a so-called “late bloomer” and the Oilers are watching Mark Arcobello find his own in the NHL at the rookie age of 25.  Could Bachman be another one to fall in this category?

Bachman is 26-years old and to date has only played in 33 career NHL games, all with the Dallas Stars aside from last night.  Last season with the Stars his numbers were less than flattering, posting a 3.25 GAA and a .885 save percentage in 13 games.  The year prior he went 8-5-1 with a 2.77 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Small sample size sure, but he’s given Oil Country some hope that maybe he can come in and steal the show and solidify the Oilers goaltending woes.  Even if it is temporarily.

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Topics: Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers, Richard Bachman

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  • BillHK

    Finally, mobile comments work. Use Chrome, not Firefox or the standard OS browser!

    Check out the comments section of the October 16th article titled “Should Craig Mactavish pull the Trigger Now?”. ;-p

    • Derek Stykalo

      Finally! Great news Bill. Look forward to discussing the Oilers in depth with you as always.

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