The New Jersey Devils saw free agent forward Sergey Kalinin put up a respectable eight goals and 15 points through 78 regular season games for the club last season.
This year, though, he’s been out for the entire start to the season. The 25-year-old native of Omsk, Russia has been out with an illness for a while now.
Luckily for the Devils, he’ll be back now.
It was confirmed by the team’s official Twitter account on Saturday that Kalinin, who came over from the KHL’s Omsk Avangard last season, has been activated from the team’s injured reserve list just ahead of their upcoming game against the Minnesota Wild. He’ll likely be replacing forward Miles Wood in the team’s bottom six, as Wood was reassigned to the AHL’s Albany Devils with the return of his Russian teammate.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Kalinin came over to the Devils following a season with Omsk that saw him put up 25 points in 58 regular season games. He isn’t a top six skater for New Jersey, but should provide talented supplemental offense on the team’s lower lines – which, with a slow-scoring start for the Metropolitan Division club, is good news.
The Wild and the Devils will face off in New Jersey tonight at 7:00 PM EST. It has been confirmed that Kalinin is expected to draw into the lineup immediately for New Jersey, although there’s been no confirmation where he’ll fit in the lineup.