Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Falloon
Foxwarren, Manitoba's Pat Falloon was the first-ever draft choice of the San Jose Sharks, selected behind only Eric Lindros in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He earned his high draft ranking with a stand out junior career spent with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Falloon twice scored 60 goals for the Chiefs and piled up 138 points in his draft year.

With the first-year Sharks, Falloon, though just 18, was asked to step in and lead the offense. The right winger responded with 25 goals for the Sharks and 59 points, which led San Jose in scoring. He capped his solid rookie campaign by joining Team Canada for the World Championships that spring, scoring two goals and an assist in six games.

Falloon didn't enjoy the same good fortune his second season, however. Injuries limited him to just 41games, and his point total suffered as a result, dipping to just 28. His health returned in year three and he again topped the 20-goal and 50-point mark.

The fourth year of his career proved critical in his development, and unfortunately, Falloon headed in the wrong direction. He played 46 games but was able to post only 19 points. The Sharks, now greatly improved and boasting offensive depth, no longer relied on Falloon to score, and he was unable to warrant the increased ice time to appear on the top scoring lines.

In 1995-96, after another slow start, the Sharks traded Falloon to the Philadelphia Flyers. With the Flyers, Falloon began to respond, scoring 22 goals and 48 points in 62 games. His second season with Philadelphia his play slipped again with just eleven goals and 23 points.

Midway through his third year in Philly, Falloon was traded again, this time off to Ottawa with Vaclav Prospal and a 2nd-round pick for Alexandre Daigle, another struggling top draft pick. In Ottawa, Falloon failed to make an impression, scoring just three goals and six points in 28 games. At season's end, the Senators released Falloon and he spent the summer looking for a new team to catch on with.

In August of that year, Falloon signed a free agent deal with the Edmonton Oilers. He scored 17 goals with Edmonton but an unwelcome pattern resurfaced the next year when he was unable to string together two years of productive play. With just five goals through 33 games, the Oilers placed Falloon on waivers, where he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Given another chance with the Penguins, Falloon was unable to deliver, scoring just four goals and 13 points in 30 games in Pittsburgh.

Falloon moved to Europe to continue his career in 2000-01, signing with Davos of the Swiss league. In 2002-03, Falloon suited for Ile-des-Chenes of the Manitoba Senior League and helped the club capture the 2003 Allan Cup title.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Yellowhead Pass Selects AAHA 52 74 69 143 50
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
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 3 3 6 2
1990-91 Spokane Chiefs M-Cup 4 8 4 12 2
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 25 34 59 16 -32
1991-92 Canada WC-A 6 2 1 3 2
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 41 14 14 28 12 -25
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 83 22 31 53 18 -3 14 1 2 3 6
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 12 7 19 25 -4 11 3 1 4 0
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 9 3 0 3 4 -1
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 22 26 48 6 +15 12 3 2 5 2
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 11 12 23 10 -8 14 3 1 4 2
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 5 7 12 8 +3
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 3 3 6 8 -11 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 17 23 40 20 -4 4 0 1 1 4
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 33 5 13 18 4 +6
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 4 9 13 10 -2 10 1 0 1 2
2000-01 HC Davos Swiss 43 12 26 38 49 4 1 0 1 2
2001-02 Foxwarren Falcons NCSHL 23 51 60 111
NHL Totals 575 143 179 322 141 66 11 7 18 16


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1989)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1991)
Canadian Major Junior Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year (1991)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1991)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) (1991)
Traded to Philadelphia by San Jose for Martin Spanhel, Philadelphia's 1st round choice (later traded to Buffalo - later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Daniel Briere) in 1996 Entry Draft and Philadelphia's 4th round choice (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Mike Martone), in 1996 Entry Draft, November 16, 1995. Traded to Ottawa by Philadelphia with Vaclav Prospal and Dallas' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Chris Bala) in 1998 Entry Draft for Alexandre Daigle, January 17, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 21, 1998. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Edmonton, February 4, 2000. Signed as a free agent by HC Davos (Swiss), August 25, 2000.