According to the COlumbus Dispatch blog, Steve Mason has been returned to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Mason had an outstanding camp and was held with the big team longer than expected in case Fredrik Norrena or Pascal Leclaire weren’t healthy and because of his strong camp. Obviously the organization is happy with what they saw with Norrena/Leclaire over the weekend thus returning Mason to his junior club for the season. Norrena look good, Leclaire was stellar. But how long can he stay healthy?
This is the best move. Mason is clearly the goaltender of the future for the Jackets and should be playing and not sitting. He’ll start just about every game for London and have a shot at playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.
As far as the Jackets its now up to Leclaire and Norrena. Both have the ability, but they need to show durability. If one goes down then the Jackets will have to call up Tomas Popperle from Syracuse. Mason has proven himself better than Popperle on the depth chart. But Mason cannot be called up once returned to the juniors.