The EA Curse?

The 2006-2007 season is upon us, which also means that the new NHL07 from EA sports has also hit the stands at your local video and gaming stores, bringing with it the EA curse.

As some of you may or may not know, there is a curse attached to those who grace the cover of what i think is the best NHL game on the market. Every player who has donned the cover since 01 has not lived up to a player worth highlighting on the cover of a video game. For example…

NHL 01- Owen Nolan. In 1999-2000, Owen Nolan had a superb season playing with the Sharks. He played in 78 games, and scored 44 goals and had a total of 84 points. The year that he appeared on NHL 01 he managed to only dress for 57 games because of injury. This drastically brouoght down his point totals and Nolan finished with only 49 points for the season.

NHL02 – Mario Lemiux. Lemieux made his return to the NHL during the 00/01 season. While playing in only 43 games with the Pens he ammased an amazing 35 goals and 41 assists to finish with a total of 76 points. The following year, he managed to suit up for only 24 games collecting just 6 goals and 31 points, a far cry from the tremendous season the year before.

NHL03 – Jarome Iginla. During the 01/02 season Iginla dressed for all 82 games, compiling 52 goals and 96 points. Not to mention an incredible plus 27 +/-. The year he made the NHL03 cover his stats dropped. He played in 75 games had 35goals and 67 points. While I know those dont seem like awful numbers, his +/- dropped to a -10!

NHL04 – Dany Heatly. By the end of the 2002/2003 season, Heatly had drawn all eyes to Atlanta. He had an incredible sophomore season playing in 77 games and finishing off the season with 41 goals and 89 points. The following year he had the worst year of all the cursed EA players. He was involved in a brutal car accident that killed his friend and former teammate Dan Snyder. He suited up for only 31 games that season tallying 13 goals and 12 assists. The following year he was shipped of to the Sens.

NHL05 – Markus Naslund. Naslund played 78 games for the Canucks in the 03/04 season tipping in 35 golas and 49 assists for a total of 84 points. The following year the NHL lockout allowed Naslund to play for MODO in sweden, where the star only played in 13 games collecting 8 goals and 9 assists.

This year the EA sports team has chosen none other than Calder Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin as its spokes person and cover model. So far the Caps star has played in a total of seven games, collecting 4 goals and 3 assits, but has lacked some of the flare we saw last season from the rising star. So the question we have to ask ourselves is will this year bring the end or the continuation of the curse? Your thoughts?