It’s be a lengthy countdown, at least from my perspective, but we’re finally at the number one spot. It’s probably not surprising that the #1 goes to a player that was Toronto’s last demotion before the season hit pause, and a player that seems to be written in ink on most rosters for the 2020-21 season, even if no one is certain who he’ll play with.
You could probably make a case that Timothy Liljegren is the most talent natural right side defenseman in the Leafs organization already. He might not be as far along as Tyson Barrie or even Justin Holl, but his skating, vision, and puck movement put him in the conversation, and given that it’s very likely that Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci won’t be returning to the Leafs next season, Liljegren looks ready to get his full time shot.
The familiarity of Sheldon Keefe with Timothy Liljegren will probably be a help. He knows he has a powerplay quarterback in him, and that’s going to be a big part of his future role. …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation