Timothy Liljegren hasn’t risen up the organizational ranks at quite the same pace as other highly touted Leafs prospects like Rasmus Sandin or Nick Robertson, but his game took a big step forward in his third professional season. After earning praise for improving his defensive game in year 2, his offense blossomed this season and helped earn him a nod for the AHL All-Star Classic.
With the Leafs forced to look to their depth all too often in 2019-2020, Liljegren earned his first cup of coffee in the NHL and suited up for 11 games. Still just 21 years old, the former first round pick is working to establish himself as a core member of the Leafs blue line going forward.
By The Numbers
Liljegren doubled his AHL point total from the previous season in 3 fewer games, racking up 5 goals and 25 assists over 40 contests. He was a consistent power play contributor and registered career highs with 3 goals and 10 assists with the man advantage.
It’s a very small sample size but the numbers don’t paint a flattering picture of how Liljegren handled his first NHL stint. He ranked well below replacement level in just about every advanced metric, …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation