Season Grade: Sergey Kalinin

I didn’t have high expectations for Kalinin when the Devils signed him to a 1 year, entry-level contract last summer.  He wasn’t a prolific scorer in the KHL, only once putting up 25 points.  The signing was a low risk signing, and seemed more like a depth signing than anything.  Kalinin turned out to be a good signing, moving up and down the lineup most of the year, but providing depth like he was signed to do.  Let’s check out his numbers below.

The Numbers

5v5 Numbers

5v5 TOI 5v5 Goals 5v5 Assists 5v5 Points 5v5 G60 5v5 A60 5v5 P60 5v5 Pen D 5v5 CF% 5v5 CF% Rel 5v5 SH%  5v5 ZSO% Rel
884.19 5 7 12 0.34 0.48 0.81 -15 45.53% -0.06% 6.51% -1.5%

5v4 Numbers

5v4 TOI 5v4 Goals 5v4 Assists 5v4 Points 5v4 G60 5v4 A60 5v4 P60 5v4 Pen D 5v4 CF% 5v4 CF% Rel 5v4 SH% 5v4 ZSO% Rel
107.28 3 0 3 1.68 0 1.68 -1 86.52% -0.44% 10% -2.9%

4v5 Numbers

4v5 TOI 4v5 Goals 4v5 Assists 4v5 Points 4v5 G60 4v5 A60 4v5 P60 4v5 Pen D 4v5 CF% 4v5 CF% Rel 4v5 SH% 4v5 ZSO% Rel
31.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25.93% 15.45% 0% 35.8%

All Situations Numbers

All TOI All Goals All Assists All Points All G60 All A60 All P60 All Pen D All CF% All CF% Rel All SH% All ZSO% Rel
1037.56 8 7 15 0.46 0.4 0.87 -16 48.77% 2.81% 6.87% 6.4%

Kalinin’s offensive numbers were pedestrian at best.  He scored at a 0.19 point per game pace, which is obviously nothing special by any means.  Kalinin’s 5v5 numbers weren’t good at all. His 5v5 penalty differential was a -15, which is bad.  That’s not something you want out of any player, but especially a depth one like Kalinin.  His Corsi numbers weren’t horrible considering his zone starts, but the team had better possession with him off the ice, even if it was by a very small margin.  

Kalinin didn’t see much time on the penalty kill, and when he did, he was mostly starting in the offensive zone.  His power play numbers were pretty disappointing.  He played a decent amount of minutes on the power play, but didn’t produce much.  Across all situations, Kalinin had okay numbers.  The worst thing is easily his penalty differential.  He took 16 more penalties than he drew, and that’s bad for the Devils.  

Season Grade: C

Shero could’ve done a lot worse when it came to a low-risk, depth signing.  Kalinin wasn’t that impressive this season, but he did what Hynes wanted, and he moved around the lineup without being a huge negative.  He is an RFA, and I would be indifferent to the Devils signing or letting him go.  I think he could be a decent 4th line guy next year, but it would be nice to see him contribute some more points.  Kalinin’s first year in the NHL wasn’t anything to get excited about, but he provided depth, and that’s what he was brought in to do.  For that, he earns a C on the year.

(Numbers and statistics via, war-on-ice, and Hockey Reference)

(Photo courtesy of Bill Smith/Getty Images)


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