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Weight: 180 lbs
Birthdate: May 25, 1987
Hometown: Bonnyville, Alberta
Acquired: 6th round (152nd overall) of 2007 entry draft
After scoring 67 points (29 g, 38 a) in 110 games over two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Bonnyville, Alberta native decided to continue his development in the NCAA. Kalinski scored 4 goals and assisted on 7 in 30 games as a freshman with Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Kalinski’s role increased for Minnesota during his sophomore season. He got to play alongside Minnesota’s leading scorer, Travis Morin. The expanded role resulted in the best season of his college career. Kalinski tied Morin for lead in goals with 17. He also finished fourth on the team in points with 27 in 37 games played. NHL teams began to take interest in him in his third and final year of draft eligibility. The Flyers drafted him in the sixth round, a month after he turned 20.
Kalinski’s production dropped as Minnesota’s leading scorer moved on to professional hockey. His goal totals were cut in half to 8 and his points dropped to 18 in 39 games. The Flyers felt he would be better off continuing his development in pro hockey so they signed him to an entry level deal at the end of his season. Kalinski joined the Phantoms for 5 games where finished with 3 assists.
He began his first full season in the AHL. He impressed the Flyers and earned his first call up in November of 2008. In 12 games with the Flyers, Kalinski tallied a goal and two assists. His NHL stint was cut short when he suffered a serious injury and was out for nearly two months. He was returned to the Phantoms where he finished with 17 points (10 g, 7 a) on the season.
Kalinski returned to the Phantoms for a second season. He set a career high in points with 28 in 69 games and tied his career high of 10 goals with the Phantoms. He also earned his second call up to the Flyers at the end of November 09. He finished with a pair of assists in 10 games with the Flyers.
It was Kalinski’s third year in the AHL, but he didn’t show improvement with the struggling Phantoms club. His goal totals dipped to six and his points dipped to 23 in 78 games. Despite the lack of improvement, the Flyers decided to sign him to a one year contract over the summer.