Timothy Liljegren has wasted no time in impressing the Toronto Maple Leafs after they drafted him 17th overall at last June’s NHL Entry Draft.

The 18-year-old defenseman was very impressive during the Leafs recent development camp and he was rewarded on Wednesday with his first professional contract.

The Maple Leafs have just announced that they have signed Liljegren to a three-year entry level contract.

When he addressed the media earlier this afternoon, general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Liljegren will either be playing for the Toronto Marlies next season or professionally in his native Sweden.

This puts the Maple Leafs at 49 contracts, one below the limit of 50.  That last contract will hopefully be used to re-sign Connor Brown within the next few days. 

Source: Toronto Maple Leafs
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