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NHL Combine 2014: Top prospect Sam Bennett manages zero pull ups

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If you pay attention to the NHL Draft and the prospects that will be available in the draft pool, you are aware that Kingston Frontenacs standout Sam Bennett is one of the best available prospects after lighting up scoreboards in the Ontario Hockey League.

Unfortunately, Bennett wasn’t nearly as impressive as he is on the ice when he underwent physical tests at the 2014 NHL Combine.

According to reports, Bennett managed a whopping zero pull ups during his fitness tests.

Yes, zero.

The 17-year-old forward could not pull up his 178-pound frame a single time as he dangled hopelessly from the pull up bar.

Obviously, he was disappointed with his efforts.

I was definitely disappointed with myself,” Bennett said, via the Canadian Press. “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.

“I think (what sets me apart) really just a combination of my hockey sense along with my compete level … I think I compete as hard, if not harder, than anyone else.”

To be fair, the kid is 6-foot tall and has plenty of growing to do and teams will be hoping that he is able to do that.

Bennett turns 18 just a week before the NHL Draft and he will need to hit the weight room hard as soon as he learns where he will be playing his professional hockey.

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  • JT

    The kid tallied 91 points in 57 games … (sarcasm) just imagine how better he’d be with stronger lats. While I’d expect him to be able to do pullups, hockey is first and foremost about core and legs. That’s why nearly every combine test is about legs, leg power and endurance. The real story on Bennett is his (at best) average performance across the board at the combine, specifically the non-upper body tests that matter most. Highlighting the pull-ups will get you the clicks you want; ignoring his overall performance at the combine shows either a lack of knowledge or laziness.