Monday, June 2, 2014

Top prospect unable to do any pull-ups at NHL scouting combine


Many experts predict that Sam Bennett will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft this month. But it won't be because of his physical strength because the 17-year-old failed to perform a single pull-up during Saturday's fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine.

Bennett, a center with the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs, admitted afterward that he was unhappy with his showing. However, Bennett also provided a good laugh and good perspective.

"I was definitely disappointed with myself. I was wanting to do the best I can in every test. But, I guess, ultimately games aren't won or lost if you can do a pull-up in the gym."

Right you are, sir. Strength can be developed and taught. Skill, instincts, and character, among other things, cannot.

If Bennett turns out to be a star, it's likely the hockey world will bring up this story of his lackluster combine performance again and again. In the meantime, let's all relish in the fact that we can do more (or as many) pull-ups as the top prospect in the NHL Draft.

Via Bleacher Report

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