After being injured for long periods of time as a junior, Fernholm is now finally healthy. He was touted as a first round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft but dropped to the fourth round after playing only a handful of games during his draft year. The previous summer Fernholm was taken 32nd overall by the Peterborough Petes in the CHL import draft, but instead of moving to Canada he received a contract with Djurgården of the SEL. Injured again, Fernholm only played a handful of games for Djurgården’s junior team during the 2001-02 season.
The following season Fernholm was finally healthy but was not considered good enough for Djurgården’s SEL team. He was loaned to Huddinge in the second-tier league where he had a strong season scoring 6 goals and 10 assists.
The 2003-04 season started in the same way. Fernholm was sent down to the second-tier league, but this time to Hammarby. He played 15 games before being called up to the SEL as Djurgården had many players out with injuries. Fernholm immediately showed off a very mature and solid game and is having a great rookie season with Djurgården. He was considered a potential steal in his draft year, and right now that description fits him pretty well, although he still needs to work on his overall game. After struggling in a little over a season in North America with Wilkes-Barre and Wheeling, Fernholm has returned to Djurgarden.
Talent AnalysisFernholm is one of the largest players in the SEL. He has a great reach and is very strong along the boards and in the corners, an aspect of his game he has improved a lot since he started playing in the SEL. With his strength he can easily take away his opponents, not only by using his body, but by using his head as well.
He is not the most physical defenseman in the league but definitely doesn't shy away from the rough stuff. For a big guy, Fernholm moves quite smoothly on the ice and although he has a rather defensive role in Djurgården he still joins the rush from time to time. He can deliver a smooth pass and release a good shot but he tends the make the safe play first. With continued progress and more experience Fernholm can be expected to take on greater responsibilities and become an even better two-way defenseman. Fernholm’s work-ethic and attitude, which were question marks early in his career, seem to have greatly improved over the past two years as he has displayed a good attitude with Djurgården and is giving his best in each game.