From his stress-free media appearances off the ice to his veteran presence on it, forward Joe Thornton has been an instant favourite in Toronto.

While his positive presence in the locker room is something most of us on the outside aren't privy to firsthand, it's become clear through the words of his teammates that he's already a huge part of the fabric of the club with which he signed as a free agent in October.

Asked about his new Toronto Maple Leafs teammate during an appearance on Hockey Central earlier this month, defenceman Zach Bogosian said it's tough to talk about Jumbo Joe without "a huge smile on your face."

"He's been great ... He comes to the rink every day with high energy," said Bogosian, who himself is also in his first year with the Maple Leafs.