How Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras’ play may force EA Sports’ hand

If imitation is the best form of flattery, then think about Trevor Zegras quite flattered.

Since then, Anaheim DucksTo his teammate, a rookie passed over the Buffalo Sabres' net Sonny MilanoHe was attempting to score a goal on December 7th, a move he used to call “The Zegras” and has received countless messages, links, clips, and videos from players of all levels trying the same move.

The 20-year old told ESPN that he was tagged by “a lot of kids who were trying it” “Seeing everybody having so much fun with it is the best thing about that goal,” I believe.

They're also trying The Zegras in virtual Hockey. EA Sports NHL series has a long history of gamers trying to replicate famous goals in the game. Alex OvechkinSliding goal and Michigan-style lacrosse goal.

Now, those playing “NHL 22” are attempting to send passes over the net to teammates and posting janky, rough, squint-hard-enough-and-you'll-see-it versions of Zegras's play.

Sean Ramjagsingh, EA Sports' producer of the NHL series, stated that they haven’t yet officially included The Zegras into the game, but that talks are underway to include the move in the next edition.

“As soon an image like that lights up on the internet, people will come to our game and attempt to recreate it. Get the first video online. It's amazing to watch,” he stated. “There are people out here who have figured ways to use some mechanics we have in The Zegras. It's very difficult.”

This move has been immortalized on TikTok as well as YouTube videos such “How to Zegras Goals in NHL 22”

They are tricking the game to make it happen. If you have full control, you can flip the puck over and do a little jump. Ramjagsingh said that you can flip the puck up from behind the net to lift it over the net.

He explained that players in front of the goal in one-player mode will try to kick the puck out of the air because of the programming. They're the Zegras. They are the Milano.

Ramjagsingh stated, “Online play is easy because every player can be controlled. It's simple to set up behind a net and execute the move. Have your partner go up to try to coordinate.”

Is it hard? It is not difficult, which is what the point of it all.

“Philosophically we approach game-play mechanics by giving people as many tools possible rather than just pressing this button to perform this move. This philosophical approach can help you create creative moves that you didn't anticipate when you put these mechanics in,” he stated.

EA Sports will decide if they are going to incorporate The Zegras into their video games.


Keso Paguni is an avid fan and tester of EA Sports' Game Changer Program.

He was one of the gamers that helped to test the final trick shot in the game. It is the Michigan lacrosse-style goal. This goal allows a player to lift the puck with their stick and keep it under the crossbar. Then, he tucks the puck behind the goalie. It was named in Mike Legg's honor. scored a lacrosse-style goalIn the 1996 NCAA tournament, the University of Michigan. It's also known by many other names. It's called “The Zorro” in Sweden.

“I love it. Because it was something I always wanted to do in this game but there wasn’t an easy way to do it,” stated Paghuni.

Andy Agostini (producer at EA Sports) remembers how The Michigan was integrated into the game and the discussions that followed.

“When we said we were going put it in, we were like, “OK, but what is the gameplay like?” What is the difficulty level? Or, how difficult is it going to prove? He added. “The team made sure it wasn't going be what we call an “always goal.” It shouldn't. A NHLer standing behind the net, arms extended. He is in a very dangerous spot.”

They did eventually incorporate The Michigan, but it was a move made for advanced players like Paghuni.

“I think that only me and a handful of others can achieve it online. He said that it's something you will never see. It should not be as hard if they put the Zegras pass in there.

The Michigan passed the same criteria to determine that The Zegras were a hockey play worthy enough to be added to the game.

The first threshold was regularity. Did it represent a play NHLers were trying to make during games?

For a long period, it wasn’t. This was up until October 2019, when it finally became reality. Andrei SvechnikovYou can find the Carolina HurricanesHe was the first NHL player ever to score on The Michigan in a game. Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich. In a December match against the opponent, he did it again. Winnipeg Jets.

Filip ForsbergYou can find the Nashville PredatorsIn January 2020, scored one against the Edmonton Oilers. It has been attempted by many other NHL players: Auston MatthewsYou can find the Toronto Maple Leafs, Claude GirouxYou can find the Philadelphia Flyers Evgeny KuznetsovYou can find the Washington Capitals.

EA Sports was done.

Ramjagsingh said, “If we had put this into our game five year ago, we probably wouldn't have heard from our player that it was arcadey' rather than realistic.” They're now using all these skills in real games because of the skill of these youngsters. It's part of the sport so we are less nervous. It's a legitimate way to score a goal, according to players. It's a very common move in hockey.

Others are trying legitimize The Zegras. Detroit Red WingsCross Hanas is a prospect for Portland in the Western Hockey League. pulled it off a few weeks after Zegras did. Matthew Knies, a member of Team USA, tried one during their preliminary round match against China at the Winter Olympics. It was unsuccessful.

Ramjagsingh claimed that The Zegras' commonality will be a deciding factor in whether the game includes it.

He said, “We'll need to see how players continue trying it.”

There are also gamers. Ramjagsingh suggested that EA Sports could benefit from gamers trying to master digital ice.

“It'll interesting to see how many of the players try it. He said that if they are trying to do it, it's something that we can also look at.” “It's both real and virtual.

Paghuni is one of the NHL series members who believes that The Zegras should be included.

Paghuni stated, “If it occurs on the ice it should be in game.”

“The exception is [Boston Bruins winger] Brad MarchandLetting someone's face be licked. This shouldn't happen in the game.


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