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Leafs Top Pick Likely Heading Back Home To Sweden

Timonthy Liljegren’s first taste of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization was a nice success as the young defender was very impressive during last week’s development camp. However, the 2017 first-round draft still is uncertain where he will be playing this upcoming season.

"I'm going to do my best this year obviously but I think one more year to develop," Liljegren told Dave McCarthy of NHl.com. "Where that is I'm not sure but I think one more year and then I want to try for the NHL."

According to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, heading back to his native Sweden appears to be the best option for Leljegren this year.

“The Niagara Ice Dogs own Liljegren’s major junior rights, but his agent has already said he won’t play there. It sounds like he’ll play in Europe, specifically Sweden, where he has one more year left on his contract with Rogle BK, but sometimes other arrangements can be made.

“He has a valid contract for one more year in the SHL (Swedish Hockey League),” said Liljegren’s agent, Peter Wallen. “The Leafs have not offered him a contract. I think they want to see what he’s like in development camp and go from there.

“If they like what they see, maybe they will make an offer.”

For Liljegren to play somewhere other than Rogle this season, the Leafs would have to secure his release through the agreements the NHL has with the Swedish federation and the International Ice Hockey Federation.”

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