Professional team: Rogle (Sweden)
2016-17 stats: 19 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points
Size: 6-foot, 191 pounds
Born: Kristianstad, Sweden
Central Scouting rank: No. 6 (Europe)
What to know: Liljegren models his game after Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty. Obviously, those are quality players to watch and emulate.
Liljegren has split the past two seasons between Rogle’s professional and junior teams. The numbers are better with the junior team (12 goals, 29 points in 41 games) but his ability to compete in Sweden’s elite league is impressive. He is a fantastic skater who is fast and agile. His skills coupled with his offensive mindset will make him a power-play quarterback. He might be the first defenseman drafted.
He lacks the height some like on the blue line, but he’s solidly built. Liljegren had just two points in seven games for Sweden in the under-18 world championship after six points in seven games at the same tournament last season.
They said it: “He had an injury and illness, and he never really got going until the second half. He’s another one that can come into the conversation of could he be a Karlsson-type player down the road? I think a lot of teams view him in that vein.” – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.
The Buffalo News is profiling prospects leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held Thursday and Friday in Chicago.