Earlier this morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs recalled 2017 first-round pick, Timothy Liljegren, along with Martin Marincin.
The @MapleLeafs have recalled defencemen Martin Marincin and Timothy Liljegren from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. pic.twitter.com/nA0nGdwXzI
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 16, 2019
At 20 years old, Liljegren was technically on the opening day roster this season, but has yet to suit up in an NHL game. Since being loaned to the Marlies in October, the Swedish right-handed defenceman has played top-pairing minutes and recorded 13 points in 24 games.
His recall likely indicates that Tyson Barrie will miss some time with an ankle injury after blocking a shot in Edmonton.
Barrie had just begun regular shifts on the top pair with Morgan Rielly, so his injury will cause some redistribution of minutes. It will be interesting to see if Sheldon Keefe reunites Rielly with Cody Ceci, or gives Marlies graduate Justin Holl a chance on the top pair.
In any case, the most likely third pairing will be Travis Dermott on the left side, with Liljegren making his NHL debut on the right.
Both Dermott and Liljegren played on the Marlies together briefly until Dermott was recalled around …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation