Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dmitri Kalinin
When the Buffalo Sabres were able to draft Russian defenseman Dmitri Kalinin late in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft many observers were surpised to see him slip so late in the round. Because of Kalinin's blend of size, skill and tremendous upside most figured he would have been selected earlier.

Prior to making his professional debut in 1998-99, Kalinin suited up for the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats, while seeing limited action with the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester. The 1999-00 season would be Kalinin's first full professional season, and though he made his NHL debut during a four game stretch with Buffalo, the rest of that campaign was spent with the Rochester. The organization wanted to give him ice time and a chance to learn the North American game and adapt to the smaller ice surface, something he did rather quickly. The adjustment was smooth and quick and soon their prospect was showing sure signs of being ready to make the leap to the NHL.

Kalinin scored 21 points for the Americans while playing a major role in their trip to the AHL final that year. Kalinin was named to the All-Rookie and All-Star Teams for his outstanding efforts.

After his break out season in the AHL, the Sabres felt that there was little more he could prove at that level and Kalinin became a full-time NHLer for the 2000-01 season. He spent much of that rookie year paired with veteran defenseman James Patrick, who made the flattering comparison to Brian Leetch, whom he had played with in New York. Kalinin played 79 games with the Sabres and managed four goals and 22 points, then made his playoff debut that spring when he played 13 more contests and contributed two assists. Though a hand injury sidelined him for an extended period, Kalinin continued to impress the Sabres brass during the 2001-02 season. He managed 13 points in 58 games with the Sabres, and though they failed to qualify for the post season, their loss was Russia's gain as Kalinin joined them for the 2002 World Championships and played a key role for them on the blueline.

With the Sabres ownership up in the air during the 2002-03 season, many wondered what to expect from the team. Eventhough the team failed to qualify for the post season, Kalinin was one player who kept his focus and turned in a strong season despite missing 17 games due to injuries he still managed to finish the season with a career high 21 points.

Kalinin continued to improve his game for the Sabres in 2003-04, establishin new highs in goals (10), assists (24) and points (34).

On the international scene, Kalinin is a five-time member of Russia's World Championship team (2002-2005, 2008) and represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

On March 4, 2009, the NHL's trade deadline, Kalinin was shipped to the Phoenix Coyotes alongside Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes in exchange for Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Traktor Chelyabinsk CIS 20 0 3 3 10
1996-97 Yunior-T Kurgan Russia-3 20 0 0 0 10
1996-97 Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia 26 0 2 2 24
1997-98 Russia EJC-A 6 0 2 2 6
1998-99 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 39 7 18 25 44 -8 4 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 1 1 14 7 0 0 0 6
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 0 0 4 0
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 75 2 19 21 52 +15 21 2 9 11 8
1999-00 Russia EJC-A 6 0 2 2 6
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 4 18 22 38 -2 13 0 2 2 4
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 2 11 13 26 -6
2001-02 Russia WC-A 9 0 1 1 4 +1
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 8 13 21 57 -7
2002-03 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Russia WC-A 7 1 0 1 4 +4
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 10 24 34 42 0
2003-04 Russia WC-A 6 0 1 1 2 -3
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0 +1
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 48 2 8 10 14 5 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Russia WC-A 9 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 2 16 18 54 +14 8 0 2 2 2
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 7 22 29 36 +19 16 2 3 5 14
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 1 7 8 32 -7
2007-08 Russia WC-A 9 1 2 3 4 +6
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 58 1 12 13 26 -7
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 1 3 4 6 -2
2008-09 Russia WC-A 9 2 3 5 4 +4
2009-10 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 53 12 10 22 32 15 2 3 5 58
2009-10 Russia Olympics 4 1 1 2 0 +2
2009-10 Russia WC-A 9 0 1 1 0 +3
2010-11 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 45 3 6 9 26 18 0 4 4 6
2010-11 Russia WC-A 9 0 3 3 4 +4
2011-12 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 52 15 20 35 14 13 5 5 10 6
2011-12 Russia WC-A 5 1 3 4 25 +6
2012-13 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 48 5 23 28 26 11 0 6 6 2
2013-14 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 51 10 14 24 28 6 0 3 3 4
2014-15 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 54 6 8 14 30 11 0 1 1 6
2015-16 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 44 5 4 9 43 2 0 0 0 2
2016-17 Spartak Moscow KHL 45 7 5 12 45
NHL Totals 539 36 126 162 321 37 2 7 9 20


AHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (Russia), September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 3, 2008. Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers with Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha for Derek Morris, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Ufa (KHL), July 21, 2009.
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