Last night was the first round of the NHL Draft, and the Toronto Maple Leafs came out of it with an extremely shiny defensive prospect, Timothy Liljegren, and a renewed appreciation for the powers of mononucleosis.
Timothy Liljegren already familiar with Lou Lamoriello's rules: "I know I have to cut my hair. In Toronto you can't have long hair." pic.twitter.com/dG10vtOHNh— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 24, 2017
What a nice, practical young man. He’s already prepared to make sacrifices for the team that drafted him.
Such an unreal feeling to be a part of the Toronto maple leafs oraganizarion and the best fans in the league!— Timothy Liljegren (@Timmeliljegren) June 24, 2017
Look how enthused he is about Toronto!
Congrats and welcome to Toronto! https://t.co/mWV03RxKvW— Mitchell Marner (@Marner93) June 24, 2017
And he’s already making friends on the Leafs. Welcome, Timothy! We’re glad to have you.
If you’re interested in catching up on the rest of the picks in the draft, here’s a link to SB Nation’s NHL Draft Tracker, where you can catch up on what non-Toronto teams were up to last night. Today, the real work begins, with rounds two through seven all crammed in today. You can take a look at the complete draft order here. Now that we’re out of the first round, does anyone have any prospects in mind for the Leafs’ next picks?
More on Liljegren
2017 NHL Draft prospect profile: Timothy Liljegren dealt with health issues, but still has a lot to offer - Eyes On The Prize
Our friends over at EOTP had a chance to talk to Liljegren’s SHL coach Anders Eldebrink earlier in the year. He offers some key insights into Liljegren’s play and development.
He’s great with the puck, really creative. He can make good passes, but sometimes he plays too difficult. But that’s a learning process.
Sounds like a few players we know already. The whole piece is definitely worth checking out.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect profile: The 411 on first-round pick Timothy Liljegren - Pension Plan Puppets
Our own Kevin Papetti takes an in-depth look at Liljegren’s play and includes plenty of video evidence to drool over.
"Jag accepterade att säsongen inte skulle bli vad jag hade tänkt mig" - Hockeysverige
This is the Swedish article EOTP references. Liljegren in his own words earlier this year - he seems to be pretty self-aware. I'm looking forward to seeing what Babcock can do with him, whether it's this year or a couple of years down the road.
Timothy Liljegren selected 17th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs | Maple Leafs Hotstove
With the 17th overall draft selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs have selected right-shot defenceman Timothy Liljegren.
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A skilled Swedish defenseman. I can get on board with that.
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Yesterday’s Trades and/or Signings
Blue Jackets acquire Artemi Panarin: Report - The Cannon
Didn’t see that one coming.
Arizona Coyotes acquire Niklas Hjalmarsson from Chicago Blackhawks - Five For Howling
This could just be the start of it...
Arizona Coyotes Acquire Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta from New York Rangers - Five For Howling
John Chayka isn’t messing around now.
Capitals re-sign T.J. Oshie to eight-year, $46-million contract - Sportsnet.ca
General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Friday just before the start of the NHL draft. Oshie was set to be an unrestricted free agent.
Penguins trade for Ryan Reaves in draft day deal with Blues - SBNation.com
Pittsburgh traded down in order to acquire Reaves.
The ‘Swiss McDavid’: Devils select Nico Hischier with first pick at NHL draft - The Globe and Mail
Hischier rose to the top spot with an emphatic first season in the QMJHL, piling up 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games for the Halifax Mooseheads
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