The list featured a bonanza of talent, whether your need was scoring, defensive acumen, or a specific stick side.
By the end of Monday's Western Lacrosse Association junior draft, every team left the Langley Events Centre feeling as though they had personally discovered the resting place of Richard III.
The Coquitlam Adanacs were no different. Selecting fifth overall, the senior boxla squad watched the opening few minutes with deep interest and weren't disappointed when their turn came.
Coquitlam drafted hometown sniper Marty Dinsdale with its first choice, after fellow junior Adanacs Ben McIntosh, lefthanded defender Jeff Cornwall and Robert Church went first, third and fourth overall, respectfully.
"The three righthanders were all really great players - Dinsdale, Church and McIntosh," senior Adanacs general manager Randy Delmonico said. "We're very happy to have Marty Dinsdale. The role he's playing in Calgary (with the National Lacrosse League Roughnecks) is a defensive transition guy, and he can stay out on offensive. But we see him as an offensive guy with us."
The 21-year-old Dinsdale was thrilled to be trading a junior Adanac uniform for a senior version.
"It's great. I didn't know what to expect coming in (to the draft), but to hear Coquitlam call my name was like a dream come true," said Dinsdale, who led all B.C. Junior league scorers with 38 goals and 95 points over 16 games.
A well-known need for righthanded depth created a number of scenarios for the Adanacs, including the possibility that Church would slide to fifth after New Westminster used the second and third overall choices to take Delta's Logan Schuss and Cornwall.
However, despite Burnaby's weak left side and a history for going off the board, the Lakers snapped up Church with the fourth pick, to some chagrin.
"I didn't think Burnaby was going to take Church," said Delmonico. "We were trying to swing a deal with Burnaby, a trade where we would have gotten their sixth overall pick and used it to get both Church and Dinsdale, but it wasn't to be."
The first round concluded with New West juniors Tyler Digby and Brandon Goodwin going to Burnaby and Langley, respectively.
The Adanacs would go in a different direction with their second pick, ninth choice overall, when they selected another jr. Adanac product - Kevin Neufeld - to bolster an already strong defence.
His offensive stats - five goals over an 84-game junior career - weren't why Neufeld went early in the second round.
"He's a stay-at-home defender. We're pretty full on the left side on both ends of the floor but we thought Neufeld was a good fit," noted Delmonico. "He's hard to get around."
The team chose another solid backend player in Cody Hawkins of Delta with its second choice in the second round, and pulled Port Moody's Jimmy Delaney, via Okotoks, in the third round.
Delaney, who spent last year in Alberta, played
junior with the Port Coquitlam Saints in 2011, tallying 16 goals in eight games.
"He has the potential to be very, very good. We were thinking he could fly under the radar," added the GM.
Coquitlam would also select PoCo's Cody L'Arrivee, Coquitlam native Colton Dow (via Langley), netminder Patrick Bayliss, Port Moody junior B sniper Cam Paterson, PoCo's Kris Liset, Michael Kennedy and Jake Baker.
Although touted as a draft deep in snipers, the Adanacs were equally enthused by the defenders available. By adding the likes of Neufeld, Hawkins and possibly L'Arrivee to a backline that includes captain Bruce Murray, Jon Harnett, Travis Cornwall and Damon Edwards, the club could have the answer to the opposition's high-powered attacks.
"We thought we could be more physical, and we want to be a physically imposing team to play. Even more than we were last year."