The Cross Hanas slump is over. The 2020 second round pick netted a hat trick Saturday to help the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-1 series lead against the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
The Oregonlive.com story stated Hanas, a right wing, had “done very little” in the series before his big night. He now shows four goals and three assists for seven points in nine playoff games. Texas native Hanas produced 86 points in 63 games during the regular-season.
The Red Wings signed Hanas (drafted 60th overall) to an entry level contract late in the season. Hanas told Detroit Hockey Now’s Nate Brown it was “a weight off his shoulders” when he received the contract offer.
Meanwhile, Red Wings draft pick Jan Bednar was sharp in goal when Acadie-Bathurst survived a triple-overtime Game 4 and a 2-1 decision in Game 5 to beat the Halifax Moosehead in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action. Acadie-Bathurst advanced to the second round where it lost 4-1 to the Charlottetown Islanders in Game 1 Sunday. The Czech standout owns a 2.76 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in the playoffs. Bednar was drafted 107th in the 2020 NHL draft.
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