When Jonathan Toews hits the ice to start the 2017-18 season, he’ll do so with a familiar face to his left.

The Chicago Blackhawks‘ move to re-acquire winger Brandon Saad wasn’t cheap—they had to send Artemi Panarin to Columbus in return—but it’s expected to pay off in the form of Toews’ point production as the two former linemates are reunited.

“I think a lot of it is going to be, again, playing the same way that I’ve played with Marian Hossa for a number of years,” Toews told Jeff Blair on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Friday morning.

Re-inserting Saad into the lineup should lessen the blow of losing Hossa, who will miss the season as he deals with a progressive skin disorder that has been affecting him for several years.

“Obviously I was always that centreman that seemed to get all the credit for our defensive work and our two-way game but Brandon is one of those guys who plays very similar to Hossa,” Toews said. “He’s a great skater, a great shot, great speed down the wing, incredible work ethic, but one of those guys that competes in the D-zone that as a winger, you probably don’t get as much credit as you deserve.”