Duncan Siemens - First round pick of the Colorado Avalanche and perhaps the captain of this years Blades squad. One could argue that he was the best all around defenseman on the team last season on a team that included Stefan Elliott. Siemens will never put up 30 goals in the WHL or 80+ points but he is about as good as it gets this year for WHL dmen.
Darren Dietz - 5th round pick of the Montreal Canadiens. By all accounts from Canadiens camp, they believe Dietz to be a steal of a pick. Watch for a huge jump from the 27 points he put up last season and for him to establish himself as a top dman in the league.
Dalton Thrower - He has a lot of potential and is projected as a top 3 round NHL draft pick in June at this point. He is rough, in your face and has some un-tapped offensive potential.
Connor Cox - Cox is now in his 4th year in the league and although undersized, fills a good spot as a power-play type dman with good vision, smart play and a good first pass.
Kyle Schmidt - A player who was very highly thought of entering last year. He played on the worst team in the WHL last year in Calgary and was put in to situations where he shouldn't have been. He was a point per game player in Midget and adds a nasty edge.
Tommy Stipancik and Devon Fafard are a pair of rookies who will for now split the 6th dman duties and be eased in.
Adam Morrison - He has been around for a while and consistancy has been an issue. He has been dependable though and knows the league and what he has to do to succeed.
Andrej Makarov - Highly though of entering the QMJHL last year, he was picked up by the Blades in the import draft. language is getting better and his play seems to have taken a jump