Ryan O’Reilly was ready to accept the Blues’ captaincy.

Now in his 12th NHL season, the 29-year-old forward has watched how captains he’s played under handled the role. Adam Foote knew the right time to speak up during O’Reilly’s first years in the league with the Avalanche. Gabriel Landeskog, despite his young age at the time, matured into the role and dealt with the responsibility like a veteran. Brian Gionta made sure to take care of everyone in the Sabres dressing room. Alex Pietrangelo’s leadership helped steer the Blues from cellar dwellers to champions.

As we grow, we take little pieces of those who influenced us. O’Reilly has been able to fill his locker of knowledge and experience as he takes on the leadership role in St. Louis.