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O'Sullivan continues to shine

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Patrick O'Sullivan appears to have the left wing locked.

At least that's the safe bet, considering how well the Oilers winger has played through the exhibition season so far.

On Sunday, O'Sullivan scored Edmonton's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Saskatoon, giving him four in three preseason games.

"He's not afraid to shoot the puck, he's not afraid to go into the areas he has to go to make a play," said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. "Right off the bat, he's worked in pretty well with (Mike) Comrie and there are some good things that are going on and I like what I see there."

Against the Islanders, the line of Comrie between O'Sullivan and Ryan Stone was not as dominant as they were against the Florida Panthers at Rexall Place two nights earlier.

O'Sullivan, however, was still very involved in creating a number of offensive opportunities and took advantage of the gift that fell on his stick in the third period.

Acquired at the trade deadline last season in a three-team deal for Erik Cole, the native of Winston-Salem, N.C., was expected, at long last, to fill the void on the left side of the Oilers top line left by the departure of Ryan Smyth.

O'Sullivan never found his stride in the short time he was with the club last season, but he looks poised to regain that spot.

Expect to see him soon on the top line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky as the Oilers round out their exhibition season with three games this week, starting tomorrow against the Calgary Flames (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place.


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