Delta Islanders acquire star forward Cam Milligan from Peterborough Lakers

 Stephen Stamp/Inside Lacrosse Jun 28, 2016

The Delta Islanders believe they have closed the gap in the British Columbia Jr A Lacrosse League by acquiring Cam Milligan from the Peterborough Lakers of the OLA. Milligan was officially traded to the Islanders Monday and will be flying to the west coast today to get settled in before his first practice with the team Wednesday night and first game on Saturday.

Milligan, a right-shot forward, led the Ontario league in assists (64) in 2015 and was second in points with 98. He is still among the OLA's top 20 scorers this summer with 45 points, even though he hasn't been playing for Peterborough since requesting a trade and got into only nine games.

Although the Islanders lead the BCJALL with 235 goals in 18 games (first-place Coquitlam has 229 but has only played 17 games), Delta head coach Greg Rennie told IL Indoor that he felt they needed someone to quarterback their offence. It would be hard to find a better candidate for that roll.

Milligan is a good shooter, working primarily on the perimeter of the offensive setup, but he is one of the best passers in the game at the junior level. He has regularly made passes this year that elicit gasps from crowds. Milligan has proved particularly adept at hitting cutting teammates in stride, generally placing the ball at precisely the height they need it to be able to release a quick shot.

“He changes the landscape” in the BC league, Rennie said. “We know we're going to be facing New Westminster in the semifinals. Put Cam with  Tre Leclaire and  Chase Fraser on our right side and you've really got something.”

For his part, Milligan is excited to be joining the Islanders and to get back on the lacrosse floor. He's been working in Vermont, where he attends school, but can't wait to get out to the coast and be part of a run for the Minto Cup.

“Very excited. It's going to be a great opportunity,” Milligan said. “For me being a fifth year Peterborough player, they gave me an opportunity to go to one of the top teams in the West. They think they have the team to win the Minto and I'm happy to be part of it.”

Delta is tied for second in the BCJALL with New Westminster. Because of the league's very odd playoff format this year, the Islanders and Salmonbellies already know they will meet in the semis with a berth in the Minto going to the winner of the series. (Coquitlam has clinched first and will meet the winner of fourth versus fifth playing game in the other best-of-seven semi).

The semi is really the important series, rather than the finals: the BCJALL has made this year's finals a best of three, saying they felt having its teams play fewer games would give them a better chance to beat the Ontario champions in the Minto Cup, which will be played in Langley in August.