Former Knight makes division-I commitment
From his early days with the Knights, it was apparent that Vladislav Dzhioshvili was a talented player. After Dzhioshvili accrued 74 goals and 60 assists over 74 games with the organization, he earned a call up to the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder, his current team.
“I’m a power forward; I have a heavy shot-I think of myself as a support player,” said the Moskva, Russia native of his game. “I’ve moved to center since leaving the Knights where I played a lot of winger.”
Regardless of position, Dzhioshvili’s success has continued at the tier-I level, scoring 22 goals and 25 assists in 93 games played. In the 2014-15 season, he played for Russia’s U17 International Junior team, scoring one goal in four games. He was also selected in the first round of the KHL entry draft.
“The game’s a lot quicker-you have to make decisions faster,” he said of the step up to the USHL. “I think my game has changed a lot. I’m more of a team player, I’m better on the backcheck. I was just meeting with my former billet family. They think I look a lot faster.”
In addition to his more well-rounded game, Dzhioshvili has found a groove with Bloomington in his second full season and third overall. In 31 games played this season, he’s tallied double digit goals (11) and assists (10). The ever-improving 1998 birth year will be taking his talents to the University of Vermont for the 2017-18 season.
“I played a tourney at Vermont a couple of years ago. The school was great. They were the first ones to reach out to me as an interested school. That really meant a lot. When I asked around about them, I only heard good things back.”
Through it all, Dzhioshvili has held fond memories of his time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton listing the many road trips, nationals and even the team RV as his cherished experiences. For the Knights part, the organization would like to express their pride in what Vlad has accomplished and wish him the best of luck moving forward.