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Flyers Recall Giroux and Kalinski

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday that they have recalled forwards Claude Giroux and Jonathon Kalinski from the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Giroux, 20, has recorded 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points and 22 penalty minutes in 31 games for the Phantoms. He leads the Phantoms in goals (17) and points (33). He is tied for first on the team in power play goals (6) and is second on the team in assists (16). His 33 points leads all AHL rookies.

A native of Hearst, Ontario, Giroux was scoreless in two regular season games for the Flyers last season. He registered 38 goals and 68 assists for 106 points and 37 penalty minutes in 55 games for Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the 2007-08 season. He led the QMJHL in assists (34) and points (51) during the 2008 QMJHL Playoffs as Gatineau won the QMJHL Championship. He was named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and to the Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team after the 2007-08 season.

He was drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Kalinski, 21, has posted an assist in eight games for the Flyers this season. He has recorded three goals and seven assists for 10 points and 24 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Phantoms this season. He is second on the team in plus/minus at +7.

Over the last two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09), Kalinski has posted 13 points (3G,10A) and 28 penalty minutes in 28 career AHL games with the Phantoms. He signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on March 30, 2008.

He turned professional at the conclusion of his third season with the Minnesota State University at Mankato Mavericks. Kalinski recorded eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and 56 penalty minutes in 39 games for the Mavericks during the 2007-08 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 106 games. A native of Bonneyville, 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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