Skate Canada often seems to have a weak field. Why I cannot tell you. Perhaps a combination of the relative unenthusiasm of invited teams to go there if they had any other option (like Paris ) and the desire of Skate Canada to only invite skaters who won't outscore the Canadians scheduled to be there. The lack of a decent field, the huge support that Canadian crowds give their Canadian skaters, and the desire of those skaters to do well in front of the home crowd has resulted in some Canadians having made some stunning senior debuts at Skate Canada.
fairly's tongue may be in his cheek, but he is predicting from past experience.