2008-09: The previous season Sallinen made a name for himself – appearing in six SM-Liiga games as a 17-year old and putting up thirty points in his first season of A juniors so it was hoped that he was headed for a breakout season – possibly sharing time on the SM-Liiga squad with older brother Tomi somewhere down the line. Unfortunately, a back injury curtailed his season after just nine games and has left his career somewhat in limbo. He did receive an invitation to the national junior team summer camp in Vierumaki which should have several outstanding prospects. He will have his work cut out for him but he appears to be healthy.
Opinions vary widely on Sallinen. Some scouts view him as a Bobby Holik-type power forward while others feel he is merely a big bodied, undisciplined player who put up big scoring numbers playing against smaller junior players but does not have the requisite skill level to be successful at the NHL level. On the plus side, his energy and enthusiasm, as well as a willingness to compete all over the ice, are popular with both teammates and fans alike. While not as awe inspiring as some of the other prospects in Finland, Sallinen is a strong skater and also handles the puck well in traffic. Unfortunately, he suffered a back injury this past season which limited his season to nine games. With his punishing style of play, that is something that has teams concerned.
Sallinen is playing in Finland.