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Adam Oates signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1985-86. ((Dave Sandford/Getty Images))

Adam Oates will be behind the Tampa Bay Lightning bench in his new job as an assistant coach, the club announced Friday.

Oates, who played 19 seasons in the NHL, has been working with the Lightning coaching staff since the beginning of training camp, working on the team's offence, particularly the power play. 

The Tampa Bay power play ranked fourth in the NHL during the preseason, converting 10 of their 41 opportunities, a 24.4 per cent success rate. The Lightning went 3-for-7 with the man advantage in their final preseason game at Atlanta.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Adam Oates as an assistant coach," said executive vice-president and general manager Brian Lawton. "Adam will help improve our special teams and add additional experience to our staff."

In 1,337 career games, Oates made his name as a playmaker and ranks sixth all-time in the NHL with 1,079 assists. Oates amassed four 100-point seasons and eight 80-point campaigns finishing his career with 1,420 career points.

The Weston, Ont., native played with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers.