Future Watch: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect, Timothy Liljegren – Just who is Timothy Liljegren? He will be one of the most talked about players in the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft. He won’t be picked first overall but after the first few picks his name will start to come up and could be repeated until a team takes him. Nobody truly knows exactly where he’ll end up but this talented defenseman has top five ability.
I’d expect him to be selected early in the first round. He battled mononucleosis earlier this year and has played out this season working his way back into form. The scary part is he looks great on the ice and we may not even be seeing a player who is 100%. The lucky team who selects him will be getting a player with a very high ceiling.
His skating has a chance to be elite. It’s already fantastic. He has excellent offensive ability, especially on the power play. He knows how to blow up an opposing team’s offensive chances. He thinks a step ahead.
Liljegren will get his photo shoot with Upper Deck and after that we’ll see just how quickly he can play in the NHL. It’s quite a jump, especially for a defenseman so collectors will likely have to wait a while longer before they see his first trading card.
Don’t go to statistical websites when deciding if you like Liljegren or not. He’s missed quite a few games overseas so that’s not representative of what he can do. In the two years that he’s played in the U18s he has gotten 7 points in 9 games against the best competition above his age group last season and against his peers this year.
At 6′, 192 pounds he has a pro body. He has all the tools necessary to play in the NHL. Now we wait.