Western Lacrosse Association general managers and coaches are looking at Monday's Junior Draft like the second coming of Christmas.
That's because the array of talent that is available at the Langley-hosted event tops everyone's wish list, including the brass of the Coquitlam Adanacs.
The Adanacs, who hold the fifth pick in the first round, are not disappointed with their position.
First of all, it means that 2012 was a big improvement over their one-year stint in the league's cellar. The Adanacs' brass also believe that the level of skill players available will allow them as many as three chances to bolster the lineup with impact players.
"The first two rounds we project as being pretty rich, and we have three good chances to add some immediate punch to our lineup," general manager Randy Delmonico said. "There's no shortage of talent, that's for sure."
Coquitlam owns a pair of picks in the second round, beginning with Nanaimo's choice - ninth overall - as part payment in the Cory Conway deal last spring.
The names who top the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League's graduating class of 2013 include Logan Schuss of Delta, Coquitlam's Robert Church, Mathew Dinsdale and Ben McIntosh and New Westminster's Tyler Digby.
The '13 talent also includes jr. Adanac grads Jeff Cornwall and Kevin Neufeld and PoCo Saints' Richard Lachlan.
Delmonico said while last year's top choice - Travis Cornwall, older brother of Jeff - was an important lefthanded stick, the club has a need for a righthanded scorer this time around.
"We need a righthanded stick," noted Delmonico. "We struggled putting the ball in the net and that's no secret. We've got (Dane) Dobbie on the left side but we'd love to have a complementary shooter from the right."
The club anticipates most of its team returning, although veterans Jon Harnett and Andrew McBride remain question marks.
The top offensive rightsided sticks are Church, Dinsdale, Digby, Delta's Mike Malloy and New West's Keegan Bal.
From last year's draft, the club did mine a few righthanded gems who boosted the attack, selecting Ryan Johnson from the junior Adanacs in the third round and New Westminster's Dan McQuade in the fourth. Johnson ended up scoring 17 goals in 17 games as a rookie.
Maple Ridge drafts first, while New Westminster has the second and third choices, thanks to a trade two years ago with Nanaimo. Burnaby selects fourth.
Part of this year's deep list of graduating talent is a prominent group from
the jr. Adanacs. Dinsdale led the B.C. junior loop with 38 goals and 57 assists over 16 games, while only seven players posted more than McIntosh's 27 goals - an accomplishment he did in just nine games.
Church, meanwhile, netted 14 goals and 25 assists in just nine games.
Delmonico said if he had his way, Coquitlam would load up on locally-produced talent.
"I want all of them on my team, but drafting fifth overall means probably we won't get a shot at two of them," the general manager said. "Look what they did for us when we called them up in the playoffs."
Church, Cornwall and McIntosh were added to the senior lineup for part of the squad's playoff run to the WLA final.
"Where we have our greatest need is on offence, simple as that," said Delmonico. "Our defence is pretty good."
The WLA also released the 2013 schedule, which will see Coquitlam kick off the season May 17 in Victoria. They visit defending league champions in Langley on May 22, and host Maple Ridge in their home opener on May 25.