EA Sports NHL 19 predicts Maple Leafs will end Stanley Cup drought

2018-19 season doesn’t get going until Wednesday, but NHL 19 predicts Toronto will end its 51-year title drought next spring

John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be Stanley Cup champions, at least according a recent computer simulation.

The 2018-19 season doesn’t get going until Wednesday, but in the video game world, “NHL 19” predicts Toronto will end its 51-year title drought next spring.

The annual simulation by game publisher EA Sports has the Leafs defeating Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks in the final.

“NHL 19” also pegs Tavares, who joined Toronto in free agency this summer after nine seasons with the New York Islanders, to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

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’s pick to win Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP and the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion.

EA Sports has the Vegas Golden Knights taking home the Presidents’ Trophy for the best regular-season record with 118 points, while No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin is predicted to help the Buffalo Sabres get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The video game company says the simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence that uses real-life data. The results are determined by how teams match up on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

Games in the NHL series are developed at EA Sports’s Burnaby, B.C., studio.

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