The new minor-league San Diego Gulls will be led by a recent NHL coach, the Ducks announced Friday with the hiring of former Edmonton Oilers Coach Dallas Eakins.
Eakins, 48, a former defenseman who spent parts of nine NHL seasons with eight franchises, was fired amid organizational disarray in Edmonton after a 7-19-5 start last season. In his debut 2013-14 season, Eakins directed the Oilers to a 29-44-9 finish.
The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and are expected to select phenom Connor McDavid with the first pick Friday.
In San Diego, Eakins will return to the American Hockey League in a market excited by premier minor-league hockey. Previously, the Ducks’ top...