Holmqvist has a wealth of experience in both North American and European club hockey and has won championships in the Elitserien, AHL and a gold medal in the World Championships. Despite all his experience, he is still relatively young at 28 years old, entering the prime years for a goaltender. His numbers have never been dominant prior to the 2005-2006 season, but he has always been a big game goaltender. He has a long frame which is ideal for the style Coach Jeff Reese teaches.
Consistency has never been Holmqvist's strong suit and this past season he was only a tandem starter with Brynas.
Holmqvist will compete for a job in Tampa in the Lightning's training camp along with fellow overage prospect Fredrik Norrena. Unlike Norrena, he is just entering his prime meaning the Lightning may be able to keep him in the organization for a longer period of time if he can blossom in his second stint in North America.