Sunday, March 30, 2008

Flyers sign F Jon Kalinski to entry-level contract

The Philadelphia Flyers signed 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jon Kalinski to an entry-level contract Sunday. He will report to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

"Jon (Kalinski) is a smart, hardworking kid," said GM Paul Holmgren. "We feel that he is ready to move to the next level in his hockey career."

Kalinski, 20, recorded eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and 56 penalty minutes in 40 games for the Minnesota State University at Mankato Mavericks this past season. He was second on the team in shots (112) and third in penalty minutes (56).

In three seasons for Minnesota State (2005-06 through 2007-08), Kalinski registered 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points and 201 penalty minutes in 107 games. A native of Lacorey, Alberta, Kalinski was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

He posted 27 points (17G,10A) and 74 penalty minutes in 37 games for the Mavericks during the 2006-07 season. He tied for the team lead in goals with 17 and his four shorthanded goals led the team (tied for second in the NCAA and tied school single-season record). After registering 11 points (4G,7A) in 30 games during his freshman season, Kalinski was named MSU's Most Improved Player for the 2005-06 season.

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