Islanders trio selected in NLL draft
Kevin Orleman is top goalie taken at 18th overall by Buffalo Bandits.
A trio of players who helped the Delta Islanders to their historic season were selected in Monday’s National Lacrosse League Draft.
Kevin Orleman was the first goaltender picked in the proceedings — taken 18th overall by the Buffalo Bandits. The Islanders acquired the Ontario native back in July from the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves. He was outstanding in leading the franchise to its first-ever Minto Cup berth and the B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse League championship. The University of Guelph student posted a 7.85 goals against average and a .846 save percentage in backstopping Delta to series wins over New West and seven-time defending champion Coquitlam.
Meanwhile, another Islander trade deadline acquisition was selected by the hometown Vancouver Stealth. Defender Adam Jay was taken 32nd overall and also had a superb playoff for Delta after spending the bulk of his junior career with the Victoria Shamrocks. Jay proved to be a scoring threat in transition as well, producing a pair of goals and an assist in the Islanders' thrilling 11-10 overtime victory in the deciding game of the BCALL championship series.
Also selected Monday was third-year Islander Spencer Bromley — going in the fifth round (48th overall) to the defending NLL champion Saskatchewan Rush. Bromley enjoyed a standout three-year career in Delta after joining the club from the Richmond Intermediate “A” Roadrunners where he also played under Islanders coach Greg Rennie. He posted a career best 23 goals and 61 points during the regular season and was one of Delta’s best players in the Minto Cup with four goals in three games.
Graduating junior players who still have NCAA or NJCAA eligibility remaining with their respective college or university teams are not eligible for the NLL Draft.
MARK BOOTH / DELTA OPTIMIST/SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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