I'm sorry but they are not close to the same player.
Yeah, they really aren't. Just because they may fill a similar role doesn't make them the same player. Kalinski's a much better skater, and has surprisingly decent hands. I don't know how well Kalinski can handle himself on the PK(I'm betting he's pretty good at it), but I can guarantee that's what will really set Lappy apart from him, as that's what sets him apart from most players in the league.
Honestly, if it weren't for Lappy's PK contributions(well, his vet presence is worth noting too)...he'd have been the guy I would have been sitting throughout this year when we had 13 healthy forwards at times. Rather than having discussions about whether to scratch Asham or Powe, I'd have been scratching Lappy. He doesn't have very good hands and provides about as little offense as anyone on the team. He's generally not as good of an option as other guys to move around the line-up if necessary. He plays in an energy/checking role, yet he's not exactly a fast or particularly good skater. He's certainly a smart player and reliable defensively, but he just doesn't bring the speed, energy, and ability to really get in on the forecheck and bang bodies the way I like to see 4th liners do. He does a good enough job...I just don't think his contributions in his role at even strength are ideal. I like guys more like Powe and Kalinski for that role. It's a pretty simple issue...the big thing for me is just being a very tenacious and physical, speedyass mother****ing ball of energy out there...and let's face it, that's not exactly what Lappy is. He's got the physical part down, but lacks in the speed category. And this isn't any kind of attempt to bash Laperriere either...bear in mind, he's pretty much my favorite player.