It looks like Manny Malhotra will be extending his stay in Vancouver a little longer.
Malhotra, who has helped the Canucks development team for parts of this season, has been hired as a full-time development coach for the Canucks. Malhotra was widely known for his face-off ability during his playing days and it looks like he’s been rubbing off his knowledge on Canucks players.
“It’s a big one – every faceoff,” said Henrik Sedin on January 31st, as per the Globe and Mail. “That’s [Malhotra’s] main message.”
The Canucks increased succession on face-offs seems to point to Malhotra’s assistance throughout the season. Last season the Canucks finished with a 45.4% face-off percentage, which placed them last in the entire league. Since Malhotra joined the team in September, the team’s face-off percetnage has increaesd 5.9% to put them eighth amongst the league.
Malhotra suited up for the Canucks from 2010-2013 and suited up for 159 games in that span.
It’s fanastic to see Malhotra continuing to make an impact in the game. As many Canuck faithful may remember, he was almost in danger of severe health complications.