Burnaby makes pre-draft splash

It took some doing, but the Burnaby Lakers have put themselves in the catbird seat.

Vying to join the Western Lacrosse Association’s upper echelon, the Lakers wheeled and dealed themselves into a position of strength by parcelling up Casey Jackson and a handful of draft picks to acquire Eli McLaughlin and the No. 1 selection in next month’s junior draft.

After last year’s disappointing playoff miss -- finishing fifth overall in a three-way tie for third place -- the Lakers were itching to add an impact player.

With two of the top-three ranked graduating juniors of the transition variety, Burnaby decided to shoot for the moon and shipped their third overall pick, both their second and third round choices, a third in 2017 and Jackson to Nanaimo for the top pick in the Feb. 10 draft. 

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