While Timothy Liljegren isn’t projected to have the kind of career that 2018 No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin is to have, the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect can definitely say he has one all-important skill over his fellow Swedish defenceman.
His gaming ability.
“I’d have to say I’m the better player,” Liljegren told The Buffalo News’ Jason Wolf. “I’m pretty good at all video games. Rasmus, he’s got talent in hockey but not in PlayStation.”
Roomates during the world juniors at the beginning of the year, Liljegren says he and Dahlin played the popular first-person shooter series Call of Duty together and that the elder Swede most certainly was superior on the virtual battlefield.
“I hope so,” Liljegren said if Dahlin would agree on who was the stronger video game player, “because I was better than him.”
At 19 years old and having only completed just one season with the AHL Toronto Marlies, it’s not assured Liljegren will see any time with the big club this coming season, but if he does, his gaming prowess should help him fit right in as the young Leafs dressing room features a number of gamers, including Mitch Marner, who plays the Call of Duty series himself.
Like the rest of the planet, Fortnite is the big game among the Leafs right now, so Liljegren’s Call of Duty base should help him adjust to that title without any difficulties.
Taken 17th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, Liljegren had one goal and 16 assists with the Calder Cup champion Marlies last season.