Maple Leafs prospect Timothy Liljegren ruled out for World Juniors

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Maple Leafs defenceman Timothy Liljegren (78). (Fred Chartrand/CP)

Injured Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Timothy Liljegren will not suit up for Sweden at the world junior hockey championship.

Liljegren suffered a high-ankle sprain while playing for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Dec. 1 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is considered week-to-week.

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said Liljegren’s injury is a double blow because he had impressed with the Marlies and was viewed as a potential NHL call-up later in the year.

Liljegren has registered two goals and six assists in 19 AHL games this season. The 19-year-old was the 17th pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

Fellow Leafs prospects Pontus Holmberg (Sweden), Filip Kral (Czech Republic), Rasmus Sandin (Sweden) and Ian Scott (Canada) will each represent their countries in the upcoming tournament, which gets underway on Dec. 26.

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