Patrick J. Falloon (born Canadian former professional 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.September 22, 1972) is a
September 22, 1972|
Foxwarren, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
San Jose Sharks|
2nd overall, 1991|
San Jose Sharks
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. 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 Václav 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. 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.
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. Later in his career Falloon became known more for his lack of conditioning which earned him the nickname "Fat Balloon".
He played 575 career NHL games, scoring 143 goals and 179 assists for 322 points.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Île-des-Chênes North Stars||AC||—||—||—||—||—||4||4||5||9||10|
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