The Florida Panthers selected forward Karch Bachman in the fifth round of the 2015 Entry Draft here on home ice in Sunrise, FL after he scored 19 goals and 24 assists in 32 games for Culver Military Academy in his home state of Indiana. Prior to his senior season, the young American played for Team USA’s bronze-winning squad at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, notching three goals and an assist in five games.
After being drafted by the Cats, Bachman spent the 2015-16 campaign in the USHL playing for the Green Bay Gamblers, Chicago Steel and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, where he produced a combined total of 14 goals and 22 points in 35 games played.
In the fall of 2016, Barchman enrolled at Miami University, where put up modest numbers of two goals and four assists as a freshman and then followed that up with a better seven-goal, 16-point season as a sophomore.
In 2018-19, Bachman played in all 38 games for the RedHawks and produced ten goals for the first time at the NCAA level while matching his sophomore total of 16 points. He led the team in shots on goal and was named NCHC Academic All Conference. Barchman recorded four multi-point games, including a two-goal effort against No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State on March 16.
The left winger returned to Miami for his senior season looking to build on the improvement he showed as a junior. He did so by potting ten goals again and bettering his combined assist total from his first three years (19) with 21 helpers, which was the third-highest total on the team. His 31 points were the second-highest mark on the RedHawks (tied with Casey Gilling), just one behind team scoring leader, Gordie Green. Barchman led Miami in shots on goal (130) for a second-straight season and finished with a team-best +3 rating while playing all 34 games. He wrapped his NCAA career by scoring a goal and an assist against Western Michigan on March 7.
During the past five summers, Barchman has been able to go to development camp in Sunrise to train with other Florida draft picks and first-year players, so the Cats have a gotten a good look at him since picking him back in 2015. While his stock has risen over the last two years I’m not sure he’s done enough to earn an entry-level contract. Look for him to begin his professional career by signing an AHL or ECHL contract and working his way up.
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