Top Canadians: Entering his seventeenth CFL season, offensive lineman Gene Makowsky is still one of the best in the business. With Andy Fantuz joining the NFL's Chicago Bears and Rob Bagg likely out for the season, receiver Chris Getzlaf will be expected to take on an even bigger role in the “Canadian Air Force”.
Breakout Canadians: Versatile Shomari Williams didn't disappoint after being the first overall pick in last year's draft, lining up at both linebacker and defensive end in various personnel packages. Also, look for the role of the fullback to change as Neal Hughes takes over for the retired Chris Szarka.
Other Potential Canadian Starters: DT Keith Shologan, DE Luc Mullinder, OT Alex Gauthier, OG Chris Best, OL George Hudson, SB Jason Clermont, SB Jordan Sisco
Canadian To Watch: Before having his career somewhat sidetracked by injuries, receiver Obed Cétoute showed tremendous potential. Like Getzlaf, Clermont, and Sisco, he could have an opportunity to shine in the absence of Fantuz and Bagg.
Top Canadian Rookies: Look for defensive back Craig Butler and kicker Christopher Milo to make their presence felt on special teams. Milo will get a long look as Luca Congi continues to recover from last season's leg injury.
In The Pipeline: The only prospect for whom the Riders are waiting is 2011 second round pick Matt O'Donnell. The big O-Lineman's arrival has been delayed by a workout for the NBA's Boston Celtics and the possibility of a post-lockout NFL shot.