Chilliwack lacrosse star Ryan Johnson drafted 15th overall by senior Adanacs
By Dan Olson, Surrey NowFebruary 28, 2012
He's familiar with the commute.
And familiarity will make it all the more easier for Chilliwack's Ryan Johnson when the 2012 Western Lacrosse Association begins in May.
The six-foot-two transition player, who toiled the past three years for the Coquitlam junior A Adanacs, was chosen with the 15th pick overall by the Coquitlam senior Adanacs at the WLA's junior draft in Burnaby.
Chilliwack's Ryan Johnson (right) was drafted alongside Coquitlam junior A Adanacs teammate Travis Cornwall by the Adanacs senior squad earlier this month. Photograph by: Dan Olson , for the TIMES
Despite plenty of speculation by some armchair experts, the Coquitlam Adanacs stayed true to tradition and grabbed the best player with the first overall pick Monday at the Western Lacrosse Association junior draft in Burnaby.
Coquitlam made hometown product Travis Cornwall the first player selected in the 2012 draft, adding the versatile six-foot-two lefthander to a lineup loaded on the portside. He was a fitting reward for a veteran team that finished dead last in the WLA in 2011.
While some interpreted Coquitlam general manager Randy Delmonico's pre-draft musings about weakness on the right side as rationale to pick Port Moody native Jackson Decker, the club wasn't faking right.
Sure, the Coquitlam Adanacs addressed their need for a righthanded shot at Mondayâ€™s Western Lacrosse Association draft.
Just not with the first overall pick.
The Adanacs grabbed whom many considered the best athlete available at the Burnaby Firefighters Club in Coquitlamâ€™s own Travis Cornwall, whose natural skill and size over-rode his southpaw status on the already lefty-heavy squad.
The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs have won the past two BCJALL championships and been to the last two Minto Cup finals, winning in 2010. The talent that led to that success was front and centre at the WLA draft last night as 5 members of those Adanacs clubs were taken with the first 5 picks, including one surprise. The first pick came as no big shock, though. Although there had been talk of a Travis vs Jackson debate, the Senior Adanacs followed the expected script and took Travis Cornwall first overall. The Calgary Roughnecks rookie scored 106 points last summer in a season split between playing transition and offense. He went 7th overall in the NLL draft and was also a surprise 4th-round pick by the Peterborough Lakers in the MSL draft last week. Burnaby didnâ€™t surprise anyone with the second and third picks, taking Cornwallâ€™s teammates Jackson Decker and Casey Jackson. The big surprise is coming soon, though, so make the jump to see it plus the links.
The Coquitlam Adanacs show off their top picks from last night's WLA draft, including first overall selection Travis Cornwall posing with team staff.