The Columbus Dispatch had a great story about Steve Mason. I’m sure he will go back down to London, but, I also feel we will see him back sooner than later
He is our future in goaltending, and has impressed the hell out of me. And he’s only 20!
Goaltender Steve Mason might have seen the last of Columbus this season, but Columbus has not seen the last of him.
Playing with a calm that belies his experience level, Mason has made the most of two starts with the Blue Jackets. He allowed two goals and had several sparkling stops in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night in Nationwide Arena.
Mason was easily the team’s best player in an otherwise somnolent effort by the Blue Jackets. His solid performance built on a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres last Friday and led to the following assessment from goaltenders coach Clint Malarchuk: “The kid is ahead of the curve.”
Mason, 20, is likely to return to his junior team, the London Knights, unless the knee injury to Fredrik Norrena lingers. He could be in uniform for up to nine games before having to return to the Knights.
Pascal Leclaire is expected to start tonight in Carolina and Norrena will play Saturday in Nashville — if healthy.
“One player’s setback is another player’s opportunity,” Mason said. “Last year, I didn’t get a chance to play a game (in training camp) and this season I think I’ve made the most of my chance.”
Against the Hurricanes, Mason had 18 saves and demonstrated an impressive economy of motion. He had no chance of stopping a perfectly executed, second-period goal by Jeffrey Hamilton with the Hurricanes on a five-on-three power play.
Corey Stillman tallied in the third period on a well-placed shot from the top of the left circle off a Duvie Westcott giveaway.
“(Mason) was just outstanding,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He plays well beyond his years, I’ll tell you that.”