Emmanuel Noveen Malhotra or Manny Malhotra was born in Mississauga, Ontario, and began his playing career with the OHL's Guelph Storm in 1996. He played two years there and was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, going 7th overall. Malhotra began playing for the Rangers in the 1998-1999 season, playing in 73 regular season games and finishing with 16 points. He bounced around the next season, playing games for the Rangers, Storm, and Hartford Wolf Pack before splitting the 2000-2001 season with the Rangers and Wolf Pack. Malhotra was traded to the Dallas Stars during the 2001-2002 season and spent parts of the next three seasons there. In Dallas, he put up modest numbers but finally got some playoff experience in 2003. Malhotra was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2003-2004 NHL season and had a good season there. He finished that season with 25 points in 56 games, a career best total up until that point. Malhotra headed to Sweden during the lockout season and played for HV71 Jonkoping. After the lockout, he returned to Columbus and played in 58 regular season games in 2005-2006. Malhotra netted a career best 31 points in those 58 games and was back the following year to play a full 82 game season, finally. He finished 2006-2007 with 25 points. Malhotra is an accomplished defensive forward that will be lucky if he exceeds 30 points in a season. He has good size and speed, also possessing good leadership skills. Malhotra is a good faceoff player, too, and is a nice fit with the Blue Jackets. He lacks confidence in most situations and will likely never meet the expectations put on him. Malhotra is somewhat injury prone, having only recently played a full 82 game season. He's a quality checking forward, but probably won't amount to more than that.