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From the Branches: Still analysing Liljegren’s debut in today’s links

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Fortunately he’ll probably be playing again today.

Nicolas Mattinen of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a board battle with Habs rookies  at the 2017 Rookie Tournament
Nicolas Mattinen (#83) in a board battle with Habs rookies
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Another day another rookie game. Today it’s an afternoon game, starting at 4pm Eastern against the baby Sens.

ICYMI

Timothy Liljegren had an unfortunate debut with the Maple Leafs’ rookies last night but that’s fine - Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs rookies lost 5-2 to the Canadiens rookies on Friday night.

Leafs rookie tournament Injury update: Räsänen, Middleton, Brooks - Pension Plan Puppets
Updated with some more detail: who is in for Sunday, and who might be in.

Where would Timothy Liljegren fit on the Toronto Marlies? - Pension Plan Puppets
Now that we’ve seen him in one rookie game, we have some idea of how he would slot in if he stays in Toronto.

Other Leafs news

Timothy Liljegren didn’t meet with the media after Friday’s loss to the Habs’ rookies, so he had to talk about it yesterday after practice.

Liljegren looks to move past nervy Leafs debut - Article - TSN
Joining a mix of draftees and free agent invites in this season’s rookie tournament opener on Friday night, Liljegren was representing the organization for the first time since being drafted 17th overall in June.

Liljegren has up-and-down debut for Maple Leafs
As debuts go, Timothy Liljegren admitted his first game as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs was not his best performance.

Other stuff

Ottawa Senators Trounce Montreal Canadiens 8-2 in Rookie Tournament - Silver Seven
The second game in the Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa rookie tournament. Habs beat Leafs, Sens beat Habs.... I am not all that confident about today’s game.

Stars Prospects Blow 6-3 Lead in Traverse City, Lose to Blues Prospects 7-6 in Overtime - Defending Big D
It was a very entertaining match-up between the St Louis Blues and Dallas Stars prospects. So much so, they gave us extra viewing time tonight.

Flyers season preview: How can Simmonds follow up his team-MVP season? - Broad Street Hockey
In 2016-17, Wayne Simmonds was one of the only bright spots on an otherwise-dismal Flyers season. What will he do this time around?

Tickets for World Juniors - WM20 - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
Single game tickets for World Juniors this December go on sale September 21