What? Eakins when joining the nhl did not have more nhl experience. Unless your counting the fact he played as a player in the nhl. Coaching experience before coming to the nhl was dead even. Dallas spent two years as a maple leafs assistant and willie spent 2 years as a dallas stars assistant.
Where willie blows him out of the water is every level he succeeded that dallas hasn't. Gold medal as assistant coach in world juniors, silver as a head coach. 2 Memorial cups, and a calder cup.
Eakins got absolutely destroyed in the calder when he went up against jon cooper.
Hes also 57, i am guessing that was a typo.