Toronto Marlies defenseman Tim Liljegren may have been hoping that his next move would be up to the Maple Leafs, but this announcement was a close second. Liljegren has been loaned to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Junior Championships, as expected.
Liljegren, 18, was drafted 17th overall by Toronto this past June and, as an overseas player, was able to jump right into AHL action this season. He has played well against older, stronger, more experienced competition, tallying nine points and a +6 rating in 17 games.
However, at the World Juniors, Liljegren will again be among players his own age with a chance to play a leadership role for Sweden. With potential 2018 #1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin and fellow 2017 first-rounder Erik Brannstrom (VGK) also manning Sweden’s blue line, it should be a talented defensive group that Liljegren is set to lead.