2006-07: Sallinen enjoyed a solid rookie season on the silver medallist Espoo Blues team in the Finnish Jr A league, scoring 20 points in 42 games. The composed center with impeccable work ethic has gained respect from his peers, which is shown by the C he wore on his chest in the U18 World Championships in 2007. Sallinen stuck on the lower lines, which is indicative of his style of play.
2008-09: Sallinen established himself as full-time player with Espoo of the SM-Liiga. In 62 games including playoffs, he scored four goals and added eleven assists as mostly a third line center. He had a strong tournament for the disappointing Finland squad at the world junior tournament, leading the team in scoring with two goals and three assists.
Sallinen is an offensive-minded center who skates well and is a creative and determined playmaker. While not yet scoring at the pace he did in juniors, he has spent the last two seasons playing at the SM-Liiga level for an Espoo team that has been among the best in the league. To date, he has been somewhat inconsistent in terms of competing for the puck and in taking care of his defensive responsibilities. Though not as big as younger brother Jere, at 6’1” it appears he still has the potential to add the necessary bulk and strength to play at the NHL level.