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Update: The Oilers placed three players on waivers Monday - Dean Arsene, Ryan Potulny and Chris Minard. The difficult cuts have begun in Edmonton.

The Oilers on Sunday lost to the New York Islanders, but after five games in six nights, the loss is fairly understandable. Highlights for Edmonton included yet another goal from Patrick O' Sullivan, and continued offensive brilliance from Jordan Eberle. Everytime he touched the puck, the Oilers had a chance to make something happen. Commentators during the game suggested that Jordan has been the best forward on the Oilers in the pre-season so far, and I'd have a hard time disagreeing.

There should be more cuts and player moves coming in the next couple of days. Edmonton's next game is on Wednesday against the Calgary Flames, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the roster is down to 37 or so by then. If I had to rank the players, in terms of who is in and who's on the bubble, it would look something like this:

In: Forwards (10) - Mike Comrie, Patrick O'Sullivan, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Zack Stortini

Most Likely Earning Spots (3) - JF Jacques, Jordan Eberle, Fernando Pisani

Dark Horse (1) - Ryan Stone

Likely Out (10) - Gilbert Brule, Milan Kytnar, Steve MacIntyre, Chris Minard, Ryan O'Marra, Ryan Potulny, Tony Rajala, Liam Reddox, Robbie Schremp, Marc Pouliot

It is a little impossible at this point to suggest line combinations. While it could be suggested that the four centers would be Horcoff, Gagner, Comrie and Cogliano, that would place Cogs on the fourth line, and he's better than four line ice. It is more likely that Fernando Pisani would center the fourth, and either Gagner or Comrie would end being moved to the wing.

It has also been noticed that O'Sullivan and Comrie have plenty of chemistry. Could a O'Sullivan - Gagner - Comrie line be in the works? And if so, who does that leave Horcoff and Hemsky playing with? Perhaps Dustin Penner. If that is the case, the first two lines would be set. The third line? Perhaps Nilsson - Cogliano - Eberle, and the fourth would be Moreau - Pisani - Stortini. A decent line-up; a bit small, but definitely fast with offensive potential on all lines.

The defense for Edmonton has been set for some time, as has the goaltending combination. How the Oilers will do this season is anyone's guess, but it's fair to say they will be a strong team offensively.

In other NHL news, I've been getting quite the laugh out of watching Toronto-based media talk about the Leafs chances this season. According to the masses, the Leafs will make the playoffs, and challenge for the cup. Give me a break.

Kessel was a good addition, however he is injured and who knows how long it will take him to get into game shape. While the defense on the team has improved, the Monster is also going to be recovering to start the season, and he'll be a rookie when he does start playing. Anything can happen with rookies. The forwards on TO are young, and there is some potential, but this is far from an established group. There is NO WAY the Leafs will make the playoffs this year, and in saying that, I am not insulting them. Just being realistic. The media and fans are not helping the cause by placing so many expectations on such a young team.

How about that Theo Fleury in Calgary? A goal and an assist in his last game, and the crowd is crazy for him. This could be a very special year for the Flames, as they have all the potential to challenge for the Stanley Cup. They definitely have a defensive core that leads the league, they have some offensive depth, and Kipper can stand on his head if he's on his game. Calgary has to be considered a lock to win the Northwest this season, and I seriously can't see how they can't be considered a favorite to win the NHL Western Conference. Detriot definitely will dip this year, and San Jose is a bit of a wild card. Where the Oil fit in this is a dogfight with the 'Nucks for second in the division.
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September 21, 2009 12:19 PM ET | Delete
Brule will not be sent down, mark him as your 4th line centre.
September 21, 2009 12:32 PM ET | Delete
I have always ragged on Jaques, but he has had a great camp, Eberle is a machine, he will be good.
September 21, 2009 12:34 PM ET | Delete
Is Rajala even at camp? I thought he was injuried. One of Pouilot or Brule have to make the team, we need a 4th line center. As for line combos, I heard last year some commentator mention that it is rare to find 3 guys that work well together. The guy said teams should just look at pairs and add someone who can help from time to time. I think you see Comrie with O'Sullivan, Horcoff with Hemsky, Gagner with Nilsson, and fill in with whoever.
September 21, 2009 12:39 PM ET | Delete
DC. Jacques deserves to be ragged on. The guy has amazing speed for his size, he can dominate the AHL but he just can't find his game in the NHL. He did come around last year when he came back from injury and he is bringing that same play to the preseason. Now he just needs to keep it up.
September 21, 2009 1:37 PM ET | Delete
September 21, 2009 2:02 PM ET | Delete
What do you think Eberle would look like on the top line? Or would that just be too small of a line. As for the Toronto Media, you should try living in Ontario, it's amaizing some of the stuff they come up, and the worst part is most of the Leaf fans around here believe what they read in the paper!! I think maybe that's whay I hate the leafs so much.
September 21, 2009 2:06 PM ET | Delete
Why do you have Nilsson on the team ?
September 21, 2009 2:35 PM ET | Delete
As good as Eberle has looked i really would rather see him sent back to Regina. I doubt the organization wants to make another mistake like they did with Gagner. Let him go back to junior dominate in the WHL, win a gold medal and fill out for one more year. He has been really good but he is not playing against the guys he would in the regular season, i don't want Regher rag-dolling this kid if horc and hemsky or comrie and o'sullivan are his linemates
September 21, 2009 2:41 PM ET | Delete
@ Jamestown, agreed completly. Also factor in that Eberle has failed to find the score sheet in pre-season. He might look good, but if he isn't producing. Their is zero reason to burn up a year of his entry level deal.
September 21, 2009 4:04 PM ET | Delete
O'Sully - Comrie - HemskyPenner - Horcoff - GagnerMoreau - Cogliano - PisaniJFJ - Brule - Stortiniwell it works on NHL 09 at least :p
September 21, 2009 5:07 PM ET | Delete
I say we give Eberle the 9 games that is allowd before we decied to send him down. You can stunt a guys growth sending him down to the WHL because he could become lazy skating circles around 17 year olds(And he will destroy the WHL if he does go back down). If he plays horrible in game 1 descion made, send him down but it wounds like he is ready, I have said this for awhile I really think he could be the answer to the Oil problems!!!
September 21, 2009 5:09 PM ET | Delete
sounds insead of wounds, my bad. And if he does stay up for 9 games I hope he gets a shot with Hemmer!
September 21, 2009 5:11 PM ET | Delete
"fair to say they will be a strong team offensively." What? Did you mean to say "fair to say they will be a strong team defensively."?It would be a minor miracle for this lineup to score in the top half of the league this year.
September 21, 2009 5:45 PM ET | Delete
September 21, 2009 5:46 PM ET | Delete
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September 21, 2009 5:48 PM ET | Delete
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