I guess Horc's one goal in 20 games was enough for the first line again. What does Brule have to do to get respect on this team?
Actually, those top 2 lines make a lot of sense. I think it would be safe for me to say that everyone on this board agrees that 1-2 of Comrie/POS/Cogliano/Nilsson has to go for the start of next season.
The next biggest step for the Oilers in the rebuilding process is the draft. Most likely, Comrie is let go (unless they feel he can be used to shelter the younger players from tougher opposition/minutes). As for POS/Cogliano/Nilsson, 1-2 of them will most likely be traded (and I believe they can be traded, even if we have to package them with one of the extra draft picks that we have aquired through the most recent deals). With that said, whats the best way to promote players that you want to trade? Play them in bigger roles, and give them more icetime.
So in short, the top 2 lines (if they stay this way for most of the remaining 19 games) are basically a showcase for the players we want to trade at the draft (with the possible exception of Penner).
Edit: To answer your question regarding Brule, I do not believe its a lack of respect. From how I see it, it's exactly the opposite: they want to keep Brule, therefore there going to shelter him in hopes of garnishing more attention for the players mentioned above.