Vladislav Kolyachonok impressed in his first season in North America, appearing in 53 games for the Flint Firebirds in which he posted four goals and 29 points. At season’s end, the budding blue-liner then captained his native Belarus at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship where he notched five points in as many games. The year also saw Kolyachonok pick up a pair of accolades as he was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team then later recognized as one of Belarus’ top three players at the U18s. Kolyachonok is the 31st-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.
Kolyachonok describes himself as a two-way defenceman and likes to include components in his game from some of the best rearguards in the pro ranks, citing John Carlson (London Knights) as well as Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi. Kolyachonok’s offseason goal is to improve his shot from the point.
According to Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino, “(Kolyachonok is) a tireless worker who applies himself aggressively on the offensive side.”