Boychuk made his way through the group, plopped down in his stall - which is usually occupied by Lubomir Visnovsky - and began his nearly six-minute chat with the media. The group around Boychuk was large enough that Brian Strait could not get to his own stall and simply walked out of the room instead of trying to squeeze by everyone.
Minutes later, Nick Leddy - sitting in the far right of the Islander room occupying the stall usually used by Calvin de Haan - went through the same motions as he got acquainted with the New York media.
Monday's experience serves as the beginning of Leddy and Boychuk's increased roles as members of the Islanders. There is no question that they will play a big part on the new and improved blue line, but with a young defensive core on Long Island it is a chance for the two to play the role of mentor as well.
It's something that isn't unfamiliar to Boychuk:
"Well in Boston with the young guys coming in I was the one to usually to go in and talk to them first," Boychuk explained. "Try to get them comfortable and go for dinner with them. Just talk to them and make them feel comfortable on and off the ice. I think it's important for people to feel comfortable where they're at. It wasn't easy for me to come into the league... There was one guy on our team that took me under his wing and talked to me a lot - Derek Morris. He would always make me feel comfortable and I respected him for that. I'm trying to do the same thing that he taught me."
Leddy said he's more of a "soft spoken guy," but he will try his best to be a leader off the ice:
"I've always grown up trying to be a leader on the ice," he said. "But I've always tried working on being more talkative. Becoming a little bit better in the locker room too."
And of course there is the role the two will play on the ice for the Islanders. Boychuk adds a physical, right-handed shot defenseman to the Isles lineup and Leddy is a quality offensive defenseman. Both are the top-four defensemen the team needed.
During their first practice with their new team, Leddy and Boychuk got some work in on the power play.
Coming from Chicago and Boston respectively, the pair come from teams who were deep at the defensive position - which limited playing time and opportunities. While the Isles are deeper now on the blue line, coming to Long Island gives Leddy and Boychuk a chance to play bigger roles on the ice than they have lately.
"As soon as I got here I (saw) that and I know I'll be having a bigger role here than I was in Boston," Boychuk said. I'm up for the challenge and I can't wait to get in front of these fans."
Leddy is also excited about the opportunity, but knows he has to work hard day in and day out:
"That'd be great," he said when asked about getting the chance to play more minutes or quarterback the power play. "But I also have to work for it. You can't really expect anything. You have to work on it, work on things and get better every day."