The Detroit Red Wings have signed 2020 second-round selection Cross Hanas this week. On the season, Hanas leads the Winterhawks with 71 points scoring 22 goals and 49 assists coming in 53 games. Hanas joins former Hawks players Dennis Cholowski and Dominic Turgeon, who have signed with Detroit during the regular season.
Detroit has the option of returning him to Junior in that he will have one year of eligibility should they choose that direction.
Portland slips in the CHL Poll to tenth overall, following a split in games versus a lowly Victoria Royals squad. Though the Hawks won the following night, they lost a close game to Vancouver. They were at one point down 6-0 but came within a goal at 6-5 to send the game to overtime, but were unsuccessful.
The poll reads as follows:
Edmonton Oil Kings, Hamilton Bulldogs, Winnipeg Ice, Charlottetown Islanders, Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers, Sherbrooke Phoenix, Shawinigan Cataractes, Flint Firebirds, then the Hawks. Honorable mentions were given to St. John Sea Dogs, North Bay Battalion, and Quebec Ramparts.
The poll, which is done weekly, changes greatly on the competition level and how teams fare in that competition. There are still two polls in March and three in April as the teams now head to playoffs and an attempt at playing in the Memorial Cup slated for June.
The schedule should also be released around then, with the season slated to begin in the third week of September.