The number one draft prospect, Sam Bennett, could not do a single pull up (read the story here).
Sam himself, as you would expect, shrugged it off - probably as much out of embarrassment as anything else - saying that the number of pull ups you do won't help you win games. Most of the scouts and coaching staff seemed to echo this sentiment, and dismissed this abysmal display of physical fitness as not particularly relevant to hockey.
Here's my question: if someone is so weak that they can't pull their own bodyweight up to a bar even a single time, how well do you think they'll resist the forces of a 200lbs body slamming into them at 30mph?
There are so many issues at play here, and any one of them would make a worthwhile article, but suffice it to say that a lot of it stems from the fact that the development of these athletes is being managed by people who have no idea what they're doing. They've watched "Youngblood", Gatorade commercials and a bunch of videos online, and/or they're referring back to their own youth and how they trained and decided that these things have given them the expertise necessary to develop top-notch athletes. It doesn't.