When the Edmonton Oilers take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight, Richard Bachman will be in net. With “No. 1″ goalie Devan Dubnyk mercifully down with an injured ankle and Jason LaBarbera proving more capable of yelling at teammates and smashing sticks than stopping the puck, the Oilers will go to Bachman against the Kings.

Originally drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Stars in 2006, Bachman managed to lock down the backup gig behind Kari Lehtonen over the last two seasons. Dan Ellis is struggling with that job now while Bachman has thrived in his role as No. 1 goalie for the Oklahoma City Barons.

Through eight games in the minors this year, Bachman is 3-4 while posting strong individual stats. His GAA is a rock solid 2.37 and his save percentage is .925. He’s the only netminder in Edmonton’s system with a save percentage higher than .900, and if he can post similar numbers in the NHL he could steal himself an NHL job.