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Pat Falloon’s Advice for William Eklund

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What advice does Pat Falloon have for William Eklund?

Like Eklund, Falloon was a lottery pick that went straight from the NHL Draft to the San Jose Sharks line-up.

Falloon also had his own challenges too: He was the expansion Sharks’ first-ever draft pick, and charged, as a teenager, with carrying a squad that won just 28 games in their first two seasons.

Falloon talks about how important it is for Eklund, a teenager walking into an NHL locker room, to latch onto a veteran mentor (49:25).

He recalls the end-of-the-season hot streak that helped him pace the expansion San Jose Sharks in goals and points (53:30).

Falloon met his share of celebrities in his time as an NHL player: He spent his 21st birthday partying with Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett (57:25).

Did all the losing with the San Jose Sharks as a teenager create bad habits in Falloon’s game? Falloon offers his thoughts (1:01:35).

He also elaborates on the career-altering shoulder injury that he suffered during his sophomore season in San Jose (1:05:37).

The Sharks started winning in Falloon’s third season, under new head coach Kevin Constantine — but Falloon and Constantine didn’t see eye to eye (1:13:07).

Falloon also expands on the one big regret from his career — he did score over 20 goals three times — that he didn’t take care of his body enough (1:16:50).

Finally, Falloon confirms the Doug Wilson Michael Jordan story (1:20:18).

And before Nick and I chatted with Pat Falloon, we also gave fresh takes on some big, megalodon-sized if you will, San Jose Sharks questions:

Can Jonathan Dahlen and William Eklund produce at a top-six level? (14:50)

Who will play net front on the power play? (22:00)

Are their signs of an Erik Karlsson comeback campaign? (31:40)

Can Adin Hill change the San Jose Sharks’ fortunes? (38:30)

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david barnard

incredible opportunity and tailored made-as you brought up SP-for Gadjovich to make an NHL roster and establish himself sooner rather than later at the NHL level. you have to think this is why DW snagged him off waivers. he’s also got as good of a draft pedigree as Gambrell had. Gambrell got a LOT of rope to make it. time will tell… tbf to EK65 the Sharks have stuck him with a patchwork partner ever since they lost Dilly to FA (and they were arguably a top 5 pairing in the league). and it looks like that’s about to continue… Read more »

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