The Edmonton Oilers named Dallas Eakins their newest head coach on Monday afternoon at a press conference in Edmonton. Eakins, former coach of the Toronto Marlies, will become the 12th coach in Oilers franchise history.
The 46-year-old will replace Ralph Krueger, who was fired on Saturday by Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish. Krueger only spent one season as the Oilers bench boss after serving as an associate coach for two years.
Eakins coached the Marlies the last four years, amassing a 157-114-41 record and being well-known for developing the likes of Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner.
Eakins is great with young players, in fact, eleven players graduated from the Marlies to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the shortened NHL season. So, with the Oilers making Eakins their newest coach, you can expect big things from him. Just like the Marlies, the Oilers are a team who are loaded with young talent and Eakins knows how to deal with those types of players.
Eakins has a bit of coaching experience in the NHL level as he was previously an assistant under Paul Maurice with the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons, and was considered an up and coming name in NHL coaching scene.
It was later reported that Eakins got a four-year deal with the Oilers.