I think the majority of Blues fans just assumed that if and when O’Reilly was dealt away, Brayden Schenn would be the obvious choice to replace him as Blues’ Captain. He is, after all, a veteran player with documented leadership traits.
The young guys look up to him and the veterans around the locker room, and the league for that matter, respect him. He is a guy that plays with a lot of heart, providing skill and physicality. He’s willing to drop the gloves to either spark the team when things are a bit flat or to stand up for a teammate.
While these all seem like a tailor-made captain, some aren’t so sure that he’s the guy for the job, and Doug Armstrong may be one of those guys. Schenn is clearly a leader on the team, but a leader does not always make a captain.
There is a reason why it hasn’t been a cut and dry designation. The Blues clearly want to see someone take the mantle and not have it handed to them. Brayden has training camp and the preseason to prove that he deserves the honor of following the likes of Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, David Backes and the other great leaders in Blues history… if he wants it.