Date of Birth: 4/30/1999
Place of Birth: Kristianstad, SWE
Ht: 5'11" Wt: 192 lbs
Team (League): Rogle (SHL)
What Scouts See
An active, offensive-minded rearguard who likes the puck on his stick…skates with strong fluidity and agility, getting from one point to the next effortlessly as his feet always seem to be in motion…can take the puck end-to-end a la Erik Karlsson…his offensive IQ is off the charts as is his creativity…makes strong breakout passes to move along the attack to his forwards before jumping into the play himself…has a strong wrist shot that is quick off his blade, strong and accurate, and he gets some solid velocity on his slap shot
Very strong and matured puckmoving skills, delivers at both ends of the ice, has a booming shot and competes real hard in his own zone. A leader on the blue line who is competing against men in Sweden for the second season.
Liljegren's potential lies in his offense. Should his defense come up to speed, he could be a top pairing defenseman who leads the rush and is a top offensive option.
How Prospect Fits in Avalanche Organization
His draft stock slipped just enough through a disastrous draft season that Liljegren would only be a consideration for the Avalanche should they acquire a second first round selection. H would be an instant upgrade on the right side of a system seriously lacking in RHD. Depending on what happens with the fourth pick, Liljegren would likely become the top blueline prospect in the organization the moment the team selected him.