Originally a longshot to make the OHL after being selected 326th overall in the 2000 Priority Draft, Liffiton turned himself into a real diamond in the rough for the Plymouth Whalers and now the New York Rangers. In 2002-03 Liffiton was a big part of Plymouth’s push for an OHL Championship, however the Whalers lost in the Western Conference final to the eventual Memorial Cup champion Kitchener Rangers in seven games.
Liffiton was drafted 63rd overall to the Colorado Avalanche in 2003. He is now New York Ranger property because of a trade with the Avalanche that saw Matthew Barnaby going to Colorado. In 2003-04 Liffiton battled some injuries but still managed to have yet another solid but unspectacular season for Plymouth. He also represented the OHL at the RE/MAX Canada/Russia Challenge.
Read Hockey’s Future’s April 2005 interview with Liffiton here.
Liffiton is a physical, stay at home defenseman who clears the front of the net and loves to mix things up. He’s very solid in his own end and will drop the gloves. He’s a decent skater and can move the puck a bit. He took home the hardest shot award at the 2003 top prospects game, winning by quite a wide margin with a 96 mile per hour shot. He loves to use that in games to create scoring chances. But don’t let his hard shot fool you, Liffiton’s first duty still remains defense and roughing up the opposition's best.
Liffiton isn’t headed for the first defensive pairing, but he definitely has NHL potential. He’s as defensively sound as they come and combined with his physical play, he could become an excellent stay at home defenseman in the NHL.