2010-11: Julius Bergman skated for the lower division Karlskrona club in southern Sweden — playing in nine games with the club’s men’s team and another 15 games with the U20 squad. He had no points nor penalty minutes in Division 1 play with the men’s team. Bergman scored 5 goals with 5 assists in fifteen games (including one Kval series game) for the Karlskrona U20 team. He was an assistant captain for Sweden’s U16 team; scoring 2 goals with 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 11 games. Representing Blekinge in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players for the second year, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and had 35 penalty minutes in eight games.
2011-12: Bergman skated for Karlskrona’s men’s team in Division 1 as a 16-year-old and played for Sweden in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +13 with 47 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games. In the ten-game Kvalserien he scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes as Karlskrona earned elevation to Allsvenskan for 2012-13. Bergman had 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC.
2012-13: Bergman split the season between Karlskrona in AllSvenskan and Frolunda in Sweden’s SuperElit league and played for Sweden’s U18 team in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2013 World Junior Championship tournaments. He skated in 23 Allsvenskan games and was -12 with no points and 16 penalty minutes before being loaned to Frolunda. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes in 15 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 2 assists — finishing +6 with 8 penalty minutes — in six SuperElit playoff games. Bergman had 1 assist and 12 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He had 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the 2013 U18 WJC.
2013-14: Bergman made his debut in Sweden’s SHL with one appearance for Frolunda and was an assistant captain for the club’s U20 team. He played for the Sweden U19 team in international play. Bergman had no points with four minutes in his only SHL game. He scored 13 goals with 21 assists and was +15 with 54 penalty minutes in 45 SuperElit league U20 games. Frolunda was first in the South Division before falling to Orebro in a preliminary round series. Bergman had 1 assist and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He was ranked 19th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by San Jose in the second round (46th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Bergman was selected by London in the first round (52nd overall) of the 2014 CHL Import Draft.
2014-15: Bergman attended training camp with the Sharks and signed a three-year entry-level contract with San Jose in September 2014 before joining the OHL’s London Knights for his first season in North America. Bergman skated for the Sweden U20 team in the 2015 World Juniors and made his pro debut following the junior season, skating in one late season game with San Jose AHL affiliate Worcester. He was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in his only AHL game and did not skate for the Sharks in their playoff series against Hershey. Bergman scored 13 goals with 29 assists and was -3 with 78 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games for London. The Knights finished second behind Erie in the Midwest Division and lost in the second round in the OHL playoffs. Bergman scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He had 1 assist and was +3 with 31 penalty minutes in seven games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden finished fourth, falling 4-2 to Slovakia in the bronze medal game.
Bergman is a physically impressive defenseman who isn’t shy about throwing his body around. Skating is an asset as he likes to move and rush once he gets the puck in his own zone. He makes strong outlet passes and is alert and awake on the ice, keeping active in all three zones. Bergman is developing nicely in an offensive capacity and has impressive blueline instincts. His shot is hard and accurate and has improved considerably in a short period of time. He plays with urgency in the offensive zone but can make better decisions when deciding to pinch in from the point. He plays with a physical edge to his game but can take undisciplined penalties on occasion.
Bergman will be in his second with San Jose and is expected to begin his pro career in 2015-16. Young enough to return to the OHL for an overage season, he is expected to play for the Sharks' new AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. Having both the AHL affiliate and the NHL squad playing in the same arena should be advantage for Bergman as the parent club can closely monitor his development. Long-term he projects as a two-way defender with scoring and combative elements to his game.