The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 2017 first- round pick Timothy Liljegren to a three-year, entry- level contract.
#Leafs have signed Timothy Liljegren to three-year, entry-level contract
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 12, 2017
According to CapFriendly, if Liljegren makes the Leafs, he is expected to make $925, 000 per year and $70, 000 with the Toronto Marlies. He will become a restricted free- agent in 2020/21.
Selected 17th overall at the draft in June, Liljegren was a major stand- out at the Leafs development camp. Liljegren was slated to be a top three pick in the draft, but his stock dropped as he battled mononucleosis for a couple of months.
The highly skilled, puck- moving defenseman will start the season either in Sweden or with the Marlies in the American Hockey League. At 18- years- old, Liljegren has had experience playing against players older than him in Sweden. Either way, he’ll be looking to take a major stride in his development.
Liljegren playing for the #Marlies would acclimate the youngster to the North American game and still allow him to participate in the WJC.
— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) July 12, 2017
Liljegren has stated that he needs another year to develop his game. He has great offensive upside, but he does need to work on his defensive game. He could get that opportunity with Sheldon Keefe behind the bench.