Sergey Kalinin


Omsk Russia

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Free agent signing, 2015


200 lbs.

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2008-09: Sergey Kalinin played against men’s teams as a 17-year-old, skating for the Avangard Omsk second team in the Russia third division. In 41 games he scored 5 goals with 13 assists and 16 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Kalinin made his KHL debut, — appearing in one game with Avangard Omsk — and played for Omskie Yastreby in the MHL (Russia junior league). He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in his only KHL game. Kalinin scored 14 goals with 22 assists and was +7 with 52 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games for Yastreby. The club finished sixth in the East Conference before falling to SKA-1946 in the round of 16 teams. Kalinin scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with two penalty minutes in eight playoff games.

2010-11: Kalinin appeared in 24 regular season games and 8 KHL playoff contests with Avangard Omsk and represented Russia for the first time in international competition. He also played for Omskie Yastreby in the MHL. He had 1 assist and wa +1 with no penalties, averaging six minutes of ice time during the regular season and was -1 with 1 assist in the playoffs. Kalinin scored 1 goal with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in five games for Yastreby. He scored 1 goal with 4 assist in six games for the Russia all-stars during the Super Series in Canada and was named to the Russia U20 team that won gold at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. Kalinin scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC.

2011-12: Kalinin skated in 53 of 54 regular season games for Avangard Omsk as the club finished first in the Chernyshev Division, reaching the Gagarin Cup finals in the playoffs. He scored 9 goals with 9 assists and was +2 with 20 penalty minutes, averaging 12:19 minutes of ice time. Avangard won the East Conference title before falling to Moscow Dynamo in the playoff finals. Kalinin scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 13:09 minutes of ice time in 19 playoff games.

2012-13: Kalinin was limited to 26 regular season games with Avangard Omsk, scoring 2 goals with 6 assists and finishing +5 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 11:18 minutes of ice time. Avangard again won the Chernyshev Division, advancing to the second round in the playoffs. Kalinin scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

2013-14: Kalinin had a bounce back year personally in what was a tough season for Avangard Omsk. In 51regular season games he scored 8 goals with 9 assists and was -11 with 32 penalty minutes, averaging 13:15 minutes of ice time. Omsk missed the KHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the Chernyshev Division. In the Nadezhda Cup (consolation tournament for non-playoff teams), Kalinin scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in 11 games. After playing for the Russia men’s team during the Europe Trophy tournament he was selected to play in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Kalinin scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes as Russia won the gold medal.

2014-15: Kalinin was named team captain for Avangard Omsk as a 23-year-old and was a team leader for the club before suffering a gruesome head injury in the playoffs. He scored 12 goals with 13 assists and was -3 with 49 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games, averaging 16:00 minutes of ice time. Avangard finished second to Novosibirsk Sibir in the Chernyshev Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Kalinin skated in six playoff games, suffering a scary head injury that ended his season when his helmet slid off and his head hit the ice. He had no points with 2 penalty minuets and was -6 in the playoffs prior to the injury. Kalinin signed an entry-level contract with New Jersey as an unrestricted free agent in May 2015.

Talent Analysis

Kalinin is a two-way forward who skates well and uses his size to advantage. He is not a natural scorer and is at his best along the walls and in small areas.


Kalinin was one of several players from Russia to sign free agent contracts with NHL clubs following the 2015-16 season. While not the impact player that Artemi Panarin has been for Chicago, he has been a solid two-way forward for New Jersey in his first pro season in North America. His offensive ceiling appears limited but he has some value with his skating ability and size.

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