2006-07: Kalinski enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign at Minnesota State. The Lacorney, AB native was fourth on the Mavericks team in scoring with 27 points (17 goals, ten goals) in 37 appearances. His 17 goals were tied for first on the team. Of his 17 goals, eight came in special teams play, including his team record-tying four shorthanded tallies.
Kalinski was drafted at age 20 in 2007 by the Flyers.
2007-08: In his third and final season with Minnesota State-Mankato (WCHA), Kalinski would play in a career-high 39 games with the club. He recorded 18 points (8g+10a) with the team before moving to the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL). In five regular season games with the Phantoms, he recorded three assists and added a goal and two more helpers in 10 postseason games with the club.
2008-09: Jon would spend most of the season with the Phantoms, registering 10 goals and 7 assists. He would manage to dress up in 12 games with the Flyers, scoring his first NHL goal.
2009-10: Back with the Phantoms, Kalinski would add 28 points to Adirondack’s totals, as well as see another 10 games with the Flyers.
2010-11: Kalinski spent the entire season with AHL Adirondack after seeing NHL time in both of the previous seasons. A valuable defensive forward for the Phantoms during his tenure with the club, Kalinski was caught up in the early season turmoil that Adirondack went through. He finished with a career-high 86 PMs and was -16 with 6 goals and 17 assists as the Phantoms failed to make the playoffs. Kalinski was re-signed to a one-year contract by Philadelphia in July 2011.
Kalinski's true value to the team was displayed in his emerging abilities as a prime agitator. He racked up 74 PIMs, giving him a total of 147 PIMs over two collegiate seasons. He has gained a knack for riling up opposing players and drawing penalties. He is also willing to stand in and take physical punishment for the chance to make a play, a quality which makes him popular among teammates.
Kalinski is a very good two-way forward who has developed a knack for scoring timely goals. He is an outstanding skater with good speed and quickness. He transitions and can dart through traffic really well. Kalinski is a fierce competitor who can also be quite the thorn in the opposition’s side. His quickness makes him a difficult player to contain. Kalinski plays both ends of the ice very well and makes good decisions with the puck. He is defensively responsible as well as opportunistic offensively. He possesses very good puck control but his lack of strength makes him susceptible to be moved off of it rather easily as well. With added size and strength Kalinski could become an even bigger threat for the opposition.
Kalinski was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deal that sent Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers.