The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have called up defender Timothy Liljegren and some other guy to the NHL.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 16, 2019
Liljegren, selected 17th overall by the Leafs in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, has taken his game to the next level with the AHLs Toronto Marlies this season. He has embraced a defensive role with the team but his mobility and touch of offense could make him a great asset for the Leafs moving forward.
He has 2 goals and 13 points in 24 games this season.
Tyson Barrie left Saturdays game against the Edmonton Oilers with an ankle injury. This should allow Liljegren to get into games immediately, and will give management a much better idea of what they have in him for next season, one where the Leafs only have one defenseman with NHL experience signed so far.
At least this is the hope. I guess the other guy could get into the lineup first, whoever he is.
In other news, Rasmus Sandin has been loaned to Team Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 15, 2019
Good luck Rasmus and good luck Timothy. It’s great to see these two young men being allowed to take steps in their development, even if that means going in separate directions for a few weeks. They could be pillars of the Leafs defense core for years to come, and these are small steps towards that.