Pat Falloon

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Pat Falloon
Born (1972-09-22) September 22, 1972 (age 42)
Foxwarren, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for WHL
Spokane Chiefs
NHL
San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
NAT-A
HC Davos
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1991
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1991–2001
For the Texas state legislator, see Pat Fallon.

Patrick J. Falloon (born (1972-09-22)September 22, 1972) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League between 1991 and 2000. He played with the San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He would also play a season in the Swiss National League. The first player drafted by the Sharks, Falloon had a standout junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, with consecutive 60 goal seasons before being drafted.

Playing career[edit]

Falloon was drafted 2nd overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He was the first ever draft pick in the history of the San Jose Sharks organization. Ray Whitney, his teammate with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs, was the Sharks' second pick.[1] The Sharks had thought the pair would be a natural scoring combination, but that didn't pan out. After playing in San Jose for four years, Falloon was traded November 16, 1995 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for LW Martin Spanhel, a first round draft choice in the 1996 Entry Draft and a third round draft choice. (These picks were later transferred to the Phoenix Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres and used to acquire Danny Briere and Mike Martone, respectively).

He was traded January 17, 1998 to the Ottawa Senators along with Vaclav Prospal and a second round draft choice, in exchange for Alexandre Daigle, the first overall draft pick in 1993. He later played for both the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

After 2000, he was no longer an active NHL player. After playing for Davos in Switzerland for the 2000–2001 season, Falloon returned home to play in his hometown, for the Foxwarren Falcons - a team from the tiny North Central Hockey League in western Manitoba. Not surprisingly, he has been a top scorer in the league.[2] With the Falcons, he helped them win six straight league championships from 2001–02 to 2006–07 (the Falcons also won without Falloon in 2000–01). This string of championships was broken in 2007–08 by the Roblin Northstars.[3]

As the second overall pick, Falloon will probably always be remembered as the 'consolation prize' in the 1991 draft, since No. 1 pick Eric Lindros was easily the most coveted player available that year. Still, Falloon was considered a talented prospect in his own right, and the Sharks expected him to be one of the building blocks of their young franchise in the coming decade. Falloon delivered decent returns as a rookie, notching 59 points in 1991–92, but never topped that production for the remainder of his career, and is widely regarded as a draft bust.[4][5][6]

Falloon was named Memorial Cup Tournament MVP in 1991 with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.

He played 575 career NHL games, scoring 143 goals and 179 assists for 322 points.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 22 56 78 41
1989–90 Spokane Chiefs WHL 71 60 64 124 48 6 5 8 13 4
1990–91 Spokane Chiefs WHL 61 64 74 138 33 15 10 14 24 10
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 25 34 59 16
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 41 14 14 28 12
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 83 22 31 53 18 14 1 2 3 6
1994–95 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 12 7 19 25 11 3 1 4 0
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 9 3 0 3 4
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 22 26 48 6 12 3 2 5 2
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 11 12 23 10 14 3 1 4 2
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 5 7 12 8
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 3 3 6 8 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 17 23 40 20 4 0 1 1 4
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 33 5 13 18 4
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 4 9 13 10 10 1 0 1 2
2000–01 HC Davos NLA 43 12 26 38 49 4 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 575 143 179 322 141 66 11 7 18 16

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Preceded by
None
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
Mike Rathje