At one time the Lightning's scouts touted Holmqvist's offensive skills as already up to NHL caliber. Holmqvist is a talented puck mover with a cannon shot from the point. He has already established himself as one of the most dangerous power play point men in Sweden. He is also a good skater once he gets up to speed and has a long 6'4" frame.
Holmqvist's defensive zone presence when he was in North America was reminiscent of a deer in headlights. His decision making in his third of the rink was poor and although he is 6'4" he lacks upper body strength and can be overpowered by smaller players. Also, his first step acceleration is poor.
Rarely do prospects who go back to Europe ever return to North America to contribute to the organization that holds their rights, and in Holmqvist's case the pattern will likely hold. The Lightning were no doubt stung after handing Holmqvist a very significant contract to play in the ECHL one year and be a third pairing AHL defenseman in the next. Still, Andreas has done almost everything you could ask of an expatriate prospect. He had a solid season in the Elitserien, worked his way onto the Euro Tour team for Sweden and got a spot on the World Championships team. If he continues to improve his game over the next couple of seasons and uses those international tournaments as his platform he might, at minimum, gain the Lightning some trade attention from other teams.