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Announced today…well a whole bunch of call-ups. Oklahoma City Barons goaltender, Richard Bachman has been recalled to Edmonton alongside OKC’s top center, Anton Lander. In a minor league transaction, Tyler Bunz has been added to the Barons roster from the Bakersfield Condors good graces.
Let’s start with Bachman. His goals against average is dangerously close to 3 with 2.70 which is about 30th in the AHL. That’s not sensational, but good. His save percentage is .925 which, again, isn’t wildly fantastic, but good. His 3-4-1 record isn’t bad early on considering how poor the Barons have looked at times. The biggest issue is that he is playing the most minutes by any goaltender in the entire Western Conference of the AHL. He’s also stopped the most shots. His worth is found in how great he has been when the team has been so bad. Playing in front of a young, sometimes disorganized defense, he has been the MVP through the first moth of the season in spite of what the numbers might tell you. Anxious to see him back in the NHL, cautiously optimistic about how he plays. He gets the start tonight.
Anton Lander, the Barons top centerman, joins the Oiler to help fill in the gaps for those injured in Edmonton including recent Barons linemate, Tyler Pitlick. The wounded in the NHL are as follows – Hamilton, Pitlick, Joensuu, Hall, Gagner, MacIntyre, and Smyth. There just aren’t enough warm bodies to ice a healthy lineup, and thus Lander gets the call. The timing is interesting as the Barons recently named Lander the captain in OKC. His numbers aren’t bad this season, but he is the logical call-up when in a pinch. Per Jack Michaels, he’ll play on the wing with Boyd Gordon at center, and Ryan Jones on the other side. Interesting.
That brings us to Tyler Bunz, and his recall from Bakersfield. Olivier Roy will go number one until Bachman returns, and Bunz will back him up. This is the tandem that we were afraid we might see (from an OKC perspective) given how up and down they sometimes can be. However, this might be a good opportunity to see just how far they’ve come as they will no doubt get at least one start a piece. Maybe. With the Oilers playing tonight, and Bachman starting, there is a real chance that Richard comes back to OKC before the Barons play another game (next game is November 1 in OKC).
In another minor event, Corey Potter has finished his conditioning stint with OKC, and will head to Edmonton.
Good luck to all involved!