Pre-draft: Noted by Coach Rick Allain as the Petes’ emotional leader, Kaleta was rated the second best body checker, and second hardest worker in the 2003-04 Eastern Conference Coach’s Poll. Also an excellent student, he was the Petes 2003-04 nominee for the Bobby Smith Trophy, awarded to the player who best combines high standards of play with academic excellence. Central Scouting rated the mucker as the 161st ranked North American skater entering the 2004 Draft.
Kaleta signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Sabres in 2006.
Kaleta is mediocre on offense, but contributes in a meaningful way by throwing his body around and bringing instant energy to the ice. He is an all-out effort player, and thrives on mixing it up.
Kaleta has arrived as an NHL checking line/spark plug type of player. He has a defined role with the Sabres, and will soon graduate as a prospect. It remains to be seen how far he can take his limited offensive ability, but he can play on an NHL checking line today.