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Blackhawks: Simulating Five Years in the Future Using NHL 21

By Jimmy Lynch
Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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Today I thought it might be fun to sim five years into the future in NHL 21 to see how the Chicago Blackhawks look five years from now.

I used to do this all time whenever I was watching the Blackhawks play. I would simulate the game using the latest EA NHL Game to see how the Chicago Blackhawks would do that night. While it rarely worked it was still fun to add that element to the game.

If the Blackhawks end up not coming back to play until October of 2021 then I think we will be talking about video games a lot more in the future. So here is hoping the NHL does have a season starting in the next few months.

If you are not into video games that is alright as this is just giving us a picture of where the roster can be in five years as well as if the team will have any success. Five years is a long time, so I figure we should establish some rules.

The Rules:

Rule 1: I am just simulating the games (Not playing in any of the matchups)

Rule 2: Trades will only be accepted based on what is offered to us (No Offering Trades Throughout the Season)

Rule 3: Allowed to sign at most four free agents during the offseason each year

Rule 4: Any player can go on the trade block (there are no no-movement clauses)

Side Note: I had to manually add Pius Suter and Ian Mitchell to the game. I did not make them too overrated just at around a 77 overall so that they could be on the team. Suter is similar to Kubalik last year and Mitchell is similar to Boqvist last season.

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