Both were smallish prospects who lit up the WHL in 1990-91 with the Spokane Chiefs, and both were drafted with the San Jose Sharks' first two draft picks in franchise history. Falloon was obviously the higher rated prospect by a long shot, being a 2nd overall pick sandwiched between one Eric Lindros and one Scott Niedermayer, and obviously, Ray Whitney is the one who had the better career, as he is the one with over 1000 games played and almost 1000 points. My question is basically twofold. First, what went wrong with Pat Falloon? He seemed to put up some decent production in his rookie year with almost 60 points, which was good even in an offensively inflated league, and followed it up with a couple more respectable seasons. Even then, he was bounced around the league like a pinball, being traded for Alexandre Daigle in a three way, and was quickly out of the league. Meanwhile, Ray Whitney's path to the NHL was a bit slower, he too, bounced around the NHL for a while, having been given up on by San Jose, but he somehow stuck with it and made a career for himself. What made Whitney a success, and what made Falloon quit hockey so quickly? Secondly, Ray Whitney was a prolific scorer in the WHL, with 67 goals and 185 points in 72 games, in his draft year. Meanwhile, Pat Falloon 'only' had 64 goals and 138 points in 61 games, projecting to 160 points over a 72 game schedule. So even then, Whitney looked like the more prolific teammate. What made Falloon such a valuable commodity on draft day and what held Whitney back at the time?