The St. Louis Blues posted a video Wednesday morning making the announcement that Ryan O’Reilly is the next team captain. As per Andy Strickland, the Blues have been preparing for O’Reilly to be the next Captain over the last several weeks. Don’t expect him to change.
The team has also announced that Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Colton Parayko will serve as Assistant Captains for the 2020-21 season.
Andy Strickland writes that this has been in the works for a while and in regards to someone like Parayko now being an alternate captain, Strickland notes:
“Along with Tarasenko and Schenn, I love Colton Parayko earning extra responsibility. He says he wants it. He’s now the alpha dog on the back end, great opportunity for him to spread his wings and take on a leadership role.”
Blues head coach Craig Berube said of the decision, “Ryan’s work ethic on and off the ice and his commitment day in and day out is second to none.” He added, “He leads by example with how hard he works during practices and our games and he relays the right message from our coaching staff to our entire team.”
O’Reilly Has No Fear Speaking His Mind
O’Reilly is not afraid to lay it all out there. This could be good for the Blues who didn’t pull through in last year’s playoffs despite being one of the favorites to contend. At the time of the Blues being eliminated he said about the way his team played in front of the goaltender, “It’s disappointing, the way we played in front of him. One of the reasons that we’re here is because of him, and we did a terrible job in front of him. It’s embarrassing.”
O’Reilly was also vocal on his way out of Buffalo. He wasn’t shy about saying how he felt about his team’s performances and it ultimately got him traded.
This might be exactly what the Blues need. Someone who isn’t afraid to hold the team accountable.
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