Daniel Bernhardt


Stockholm Sweden

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4th round (119th overall), 2015


190 lbs.

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2011-12: Daniel Bernhardt appeared in 16 games with the Nacka HK U18 team as a 15-year-old and skated for Stockholm 2 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes at the U18 level. In eight games for Stockholm 2 he scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +1 with no penalties.

2012-13: Bernhardt joined top division club Djurgardens, skating for the club’s U18 team. In 35 regular season games he scored 16 goals with 9 assists and was +18 with 6 penalty minutes. Djurgardens finished fifth in the South Division, advancing to the playoff semifinals before falling to Brynas and lost 1-0 to Skelleftea in the bronze medal game. Bernhardt scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +4 in nine playoff games.

2013-14: Bernhardt played in 12 games with the Djurgardens U20 team in the SuperElit league, including one playoff contest, and was the leading scorer for the Stockholm club’s U18 team. He had no points and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in limited ice time for the Djurgardens U20 team. Teammates with his younger brother David, a defenseman, on the U18 team — Bernhardt scored 25 goals with 38 assists in 38 regular season games and was +38 with 28 penalty minutes. Djurgardens finished first in the South Division, reaching the playoff semifinals and falling to Frolunda, 4-2, in the bronze medal game. Bernhardt scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was+1 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2014-15: Bernhardt made his debut in Sweden’s SHL —  skating in two regular season games with the Djurgardens men’s team — and led the SuperElit league in scoring with the club’s U20 team. He had no points and was -3, averaging 15:26 minutes of ice time in two SHL games. Bernhardt scored 26 goals with 35 assists and was +23 with 22 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games for Djurgardens’ U20 team. Djurgardens finished first in the regular season and rolled to a gold medal, defeating Frolunda in the final, 3-1. Bernhardt scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 in seven playoff games. In his second year of NHL draft eligibility, he was ranked 62nd amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The London Knights selected Bernhardt in the second round (105th overall) in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.

2015-16: Bernhardt appeared in 10 SHL games with Djurgardens and skated for Almtuma in Allvsenskan before joining the OHL’s London Knights in January 2016. He had 1 assist and was -1, averaging just three minutes of ice time with Djurgardens and scored 1 goal with 3 assists in 13 games for Almtuna. Playing on a loaded London team with forward prospects like Christian Dvorak (Arizona), Mitch Marner (Toronto) and 2016 NHL draft-eligible Matthew Tkachuk, Bernhardt scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +5 with no penalties in 29 regular season games. He was playing a lower line role for the Knights in the playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Bernhardt can be a very dynamic player. With good size and strength he can really make things happen on the ice. A good skater, Bernhardt focuses on his conditioning and nutrition.


Bernhardt skated in a lower line role for the powerful London Knights after coming to North America in mid-season in 2015-16. Drafted as a 19-year-old after a dominant season in the Sweden junior league, he has not shown the same dynamism at the pro level or in major junior but that is not expected to be his role at the higher levels. His combination of size and skill suggest he can be the type of strong two-way forward that generally takes a bit longer to develop.

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