Underclassman Exodus Underway

      Finally catching up on some news from the WCHA as the underclassman exodus has begun, the latest being Colorado College sophomore goalie Richard Bachman, who was the league’s 2008 player of the year before dropping off slightly. Here’s a story from the Colorado Springs Gazette, plus a list of departures compiled by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald:

Colorado College goaltender Richard Bachman and the Dallas Stars agreed to a three-year contract Friday. Terms were not disclosed.

"The main thing for me was getting in a good situation with a NHL team that doesn’t have a lot of depth at goaltender," Bachman said. "The other main thing is it has been my dream to play pro hockey. I went both ways on it. It was a really tough decision. It just felt like the right timing."

CC coach Scott Owens said Bachman called and told him the news.

"We’re happy for him," Owens said. "It seems to be a very good opportunity within the Dallas organization for Richard."

The Stars drafted Bachman in the fourth round, 120th overall, in 2006.

"The guys were sad to see me go but they’re supportive of it," Bachman said of his teammates.

Bachman, 21, is from Salt Lake City and is 5-foot-11, 170 pounds.

He had a standout freshman season for CC, with a 1.85 goals-allowed average and .931 save percentage, and was named the WCHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Early departures in the WCHA (6)

Alaska-Anchorage (1)
Paul Crowder, jr, forward, N.Y. Rangers

Colorado College (2)
Brian Connelly, jr, defenseman, Chicago Blackhawks
Richard Bachman, so, goaltender, Dallas Stars

Minnesota (1)
Ryan Stoa, jr, forward, Colorado Avalanche

MSU-Mankato (1)
Trevor Bruess, jr, forward, Washington Capitals

Wisconsin (1)
Jamie McBain, jr, defenseman, Carolina Hurricanes