Thread: Dmitri Kalinin
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09-21-2003, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Thrasherfan
How good is this guy? I've never actually seen him play but watched his minutes last year reach 26-30 some nites. Is he the Sabres top defensive D-man now that Warrener is gone? Who would you compare him to and can he break out into a true top pair defenseman?
I'll be honest with you. I'm really high on Kalinin and think he rebounded wonderfully last year after a drop off sophmore year. He has great endurance and can log considerable ice time. Currently, he plays with Zhitnik in our top pair, and I think in a couple years he will probably be capable of playing top 3 on almost any team in the league.

He's got a balance of offense and defense. Last year I think he scored something like 7 goals, and I could see him scoring about 10 a year.

He's a hard player to compare to another though. I really can't think of a good comparison, but I am sure that someone else will be able to provide you with one of those.

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