The St. Louis Blues will enter the 2023-24 NHL season with center Brayden Schenn serving as the team’s captain. Schenn will be the 24th player in franchise history to receive the honor.
Schenn will succeed Ryan O’Reilly, who served in the role before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the 2022-23 season.
Schenn receiving the captaincy doesn’t come as a surprise. The 32-year-old player has been considered one of the leaders in the Blues locker room and served as an alternate captain. He was also one of the candidates for captaincy in 2020 before the team went with O’Reilly.
It also helps that Schenn is one of the few players remaining on the Blues from a roster that won the Stanley Cup in 2019. His experience and winning mentality will likely play an important role in the franchise’s rebuild and efforts to return to contention.
Brayden Schenn made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in 2009-10 but played only nine games with the franchise before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011. After six seasons in Philly, Schenn landed with the Blues on the eve of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Schenn has one All-Star appearance from 2018 on his resume. He scored 240 goals and dished 349 assists for a total of 589 points in 858 regular season games.