"He's in that very same position once again this year. He's formed part of our management group now. With his work principles on a day-to-day basis, the younger gamers have someone to follow, somebody to emulate. He's been as advertised from the day we acquired him."
O'Reilly was chosen 33rd total by Colorado in the 2009 draft. Throughout his early years he was more of a defensive specialist and won the Lady Bing Trophy in 2012.
Experience and chance permitted O'Reilly to progress.
"I've constantly had great hands," he stated. "I think my shot is the thing I improved with and working on different releases.
"That just established for many years, being more comfy and trying to grow my video game. You wish to be a centre that contributes at both ends of the ice. I take a great deal of pride in that. There's obvious getting points is probably the most enjoyable thing in the video game, besides winning."
Tarasenko, who led St. Louis with 33 objectives last year, played just 10 video games this season before injuring his left shoulder. The Blues miss his production, but his lack has actually required all the forwards to concentrate on their game.
"I believe having him decrease type of makes you called a group we've got to produce, we've got to find a method to put the puck in the internet," said O'Reilly. "We're not going to have him to bail us out.
"It's helped us with the depth and people stepping up in various way. When we get him back in the playoffs, or ideally in the past, we'll be a better team."
As interesting as a go to a Stanley Cup final is, it likewise can be tiring. Even with the brief summer season, the Blues didn't appear to struggle with any post-Cup hangover. They won 12 of their first 18 video games, consisting of seven in a row.
"I believe with the short summer season you type of just want to get back into it and kind of carry on," said O'Reilly.
"The most enjoyable of that entire run last year was playing the video games, winning. It's nice being back and remaining in the circumstance again where you know you're dealing with building toward winning another one."
"It would have been great to a minimum of hit double digits entering into the all-star video game," said O'Reilly, who has nine objectives so far this season. "There's a lot of other things I can do to help contribute. I desire to score, undoubtedly, and when I score, I feel it offers us a better possibility to win.
"I think I can improve in the 2nd half and play at my finest."
O'Reilly revealed his sense of humour at last weekend's all-star game in St. Louis. He put on a Kansas City Chiefs helmet during the warmups to Friday's skills competitors.
"We have one in our training room," O'Reilly stated about the helmet. "I believed it would be amusing just to throw it on and buzz around."
Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce attended Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last June.
Kansas City plays the San Francisco 49es in Sunday's Super Bowl.
O'Reilly pertained to St. Louis in a July 1, 2018, trade from Buffalo and had an instant effect on the group. Basic supervisor Doug Armstrong said O'Reilly's play early last season was the only factor the Blues even had a faint hope of reaching the playoffs.
"Last year when we started out, he was without a doubt our most consistent player for October, November and December," said Armstrong. "Then our team sort of captured up to Ryan and he remained great throughout the 2nd part of the season and the playoffs.