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Blackhawks: Simulating Five Years in the Future Using NHL 21

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Conclusion

The Blackhawks made a lot of moves over the course of the five years of our simulation, and while it won’t be accurate because of the flat Salary Cap and the fact that the 2021 season will be shortened and not a regular year, it is still a fun experiment.

Chicago ended the five years with a record of 223-154-33. They made the playoffs four out of the five years and went to the Stanley Cup Final in three of the four postseasons. The team was led by Patrick Kane throughout most of his time. Kane found a way to stay productive well past his prime window was over and he captained the team to two visits to the Stanley Cup Final.

Obviously, it is a little frustrating to see the team go so far without winning it all, but at the same time if this actually happened I do not think any fans could complain. Chicago had a great run during this simulation one that brought a lot of good hockey to the team and helped build the franchise legacy, even if they did not capture the Stanley Cup.

Now this simulation and how I had the Blackhawks rebuild end after one year does leave the team open for some struggles during the 2025 offseason. However, this team still does have Mitchell Boqvist, Strome, and Teravianen ready to tear up the league.

Lineup to end the simulation:

Forwards: 

Teuvo Teravainen (87) Dylan Strome (88) Alex DeBrincat (88)

Evander Kane (84) Kirby Dach (87) Patrick Kane (84)

Robby Fabbri (81) Zach L’Heureux (85) Noell Gunler (80)

Lawson Crouse (80) SamGagner (80) Mackenzie Entwistle (78)

Defense:

Adam Boqvist (88) Ian Mitchell (91)

Jake Bean (85) Nicolas Beaudin (82)

Nikita Zadorov (81) Mario Ferraro (78)

Goalies:

Igor Shesterkin (90)

Malcolm Subban (81)

A lot of trades were made over the course of the five years this simulation occurred. Let us know your thoughts below and if you would like to see us simulate another five years into the future!

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