The biggest value of having a healthy Jesse Lumsden would have been his status as a ratio-buster.
"It gives us great flexibility on the roster, because the more Canadians you can start, the more options you have," said Esks GM Danny Maciocia.
Sadly, Lumsden's injury woes led to his release.
But at the same time, the good news is that defensive lineman Adam Braidwood has been medically cleared and ready to bust heads and ratios.
"Let's not forget that even when Jesse did go down last year, our ratio was still intact," said Maciocia, on the Canadian content rule which says every CFL team must start seven Canucks each week.
"It's actually a positive that Braidwood will be able to come to camp and, obviously, do his thing. That would potentially even increase our chances of having more Canadian starters."
Braidwood injured his knee in 2008 training camp and has missed the last two seasons.
During the 2009 season, the Eskimos ended up starting six Canadians on offence and one (now-retired safety Scott Gordon) on defence. But Braidwood could bring a new dimension this season.
Because of a limited talent pool, injuries to Canadians tend to be more devastating to teams, which have a harder time finding replacements.
"That's why you go to camp to see where you're going to line up your Canadians to see what the distribution is going to be between offence and defence," said Maciocia.
"We'll see how it unfolds in training camp. It could be along the defensive line, it could be along the offensive line. Everything revolves around the ratio."