Since announcing that their assistant coaching staff would look different next season, the Detroit Red Wings have been staying busy revamping the staff. Today, it has been announced that the team has hired their final assistant coach.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 9, 2016
John Torchetti brings a wealth of coaching experience. In the past, he has been named head coach of teams such as the Houston Aeros and San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, and CSKA Moscow of the KHL in Russia. Most recently, he was the head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild, and also had a stint last season as the interim head coach of the Minnesota Wild.
He has also seen time in the NHL as an associate coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and as the interim coach of the Los Angeles Kings. With Detroit, Torchetti’s duties will include coaching the forwards, as well as the power play.
Red Wings complete revamping of assistant coaching staff by adding John Torchetti to run Fs & PP. Doug Houda D & PK, Jeff Salajko goalies.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 9, 2016
Despite long bouts in ineffectiveness, the Red Wings finished with the 13th best power play unit in the league during the 2015-16 season at 18.8%. Along with goaltending coach Jim Bedard, power play/forwards coach Pat Ferschweiler was allowed to leave the team upon the conclusion of his contract after last season.
After recently hiring assistant coaches Doug Houda to work with defensemen and the penalty kill, and Jeff Salajko as the goaltending coach, it appears that the team has filled their quota behind the bench for next season.