News 4 Premier Prospect: Timothy Liljegren

Liljegren's style of play fits what the Sabres need most, but his draft stock appears to be simmering

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As we count down to the NHL Draft on June 23rd in Chicago, our fourth News 4 Premier Prospect is Timothy Liljegren, a Swedish defenseman who prides himself on his unique offensive abilities but has slipped down draft boards after a topsy-turvy 2016-17 season, to the point the Vancouer Canucks declined to meet with him at the NHL Combine.

Here’s the lowdown on Liljegren:


Defense (right shot)


6’0, 192 lbs


Rögle BK

In one sentence: 

At one point a potential top-five pick based off his raw skating and puck-moving abilities, Liljegren’s bout with mononucleosis led to a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, but scouts remain encouraged that he could live up to the high billing of comparisons to Oliver Ekman-Larsson, albeit with a lower draft selection. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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