The Good: 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. He is a confident ‘keeper that proved his worth at the collegiate level. Bachman has good reflexes and recuperative ability, allowing him to make some nice highlight reel saves. When Kari Lehtonen went down with an injury, Bachman outplayed 2004 Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft, earning him the backup role once Lehtonen returned. He has been very impressive and should have a good career as a backup goaltender. Only 3 days after getting called up by the Stars, Bachman earned a shutout against the New York Rangers in a 1-0 win.
The Bad: Bachman 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 could use some improvement with stickhandling, something former Dallas goalies Johan Hedberg and Marty Turco were masters of. He needs to have more confidence in himself in big-game situations, and needs to avoid psyching himself out when the spotlight is on him. He doesn’t have great size, so he can be beaten upstairs when his positioning leaves him.
|ECHL – Second All-Star Team||2009-10 (Goaltender)|
|ECHL – All-Rookie Team||2009-10 (Goaltender)|
|NCAA – Rookie of the Year||2007-08|
|WCHA – Player of the Year||2007-08|
|WCHA – Rookie of the Year||2007-08|
|WCHA – First All-Star Team||2007-08 (Goaltender)|
|NCAA – West First All-American Team||2007-08 (Goaltender)|
|WCHA – All-Rookie Team||2007-08 (Goaltender)|