The Pioneer Press goes into the successes Houston Aeros coach John Torchetti has had since succeeding Wild coach Mike Yeo. But wins and losses are secondary, according to Torchetti.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant GM Brent Flahr and assistant to the GM Jim Mill provide the manpower — and Torchetti’s job is to get guys ready for the NHL.
“That’s one of the reasons I was looking forward to working with the Minnesota team, because I knew Chuck and Brent and Millsie were going to bring in some good prospects, and I love to work with players like that,” Torchetti said. “Our job is just to teach. The players’ job is to listen and apply it. You’ve got to have the players to teach.”
Torchetti says the Wild did their homework before drafting and signing players.
“They gave us pretty good players to work with,” Torchetti said. “We’ve got a great group of kids: low maintenance and high character. They want to improve every day.”
Not knowing who’ll be the next to go up is motivation for his guys, too, Torchetti says.
“That’s the thing about our organization: Just play your game and things are going to happen,” he said. “Guys are talking about who the next guy is going up. They trust each other.”