Ottawa Citizen

EA Sports picks leafs to sink Sharks’ Cup bid


John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be Stanley Cup champions, at least according to a recent computer simulation. NHL 19 predicts Toronto will end its 51-year title drought next spring. The annual simulation by game publisher EA Sports has the Leafs beating Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks in the final. The simulation has Karlsson, who was recently traded by the Ottawa Senators to San Jose after months of uncertaint­y about his future, winning his third Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is EA Sports’ pick to win the Hart Trophy as MVP and the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion. Games in the NHL series are developed at EA Sports’s Burnaby, B.C., studio.

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