The season Columbus' Steve Mason is having is putting him on pace to have one of the greatest campaigns ever by a rookie goaltender.
As of Tuesday night he was 17-11-1, giving the lowly Blue Jackets a hope of post-season activity for the first time ever. He is first among all NHL goalies in shutouts (6) and GAA (1.99). His .929 save percentage is tied for third best in the league. Hi
He has to be the leading candidate for Calder trophy, despite another deep crop, and, if he can keep going, maybe even Vezina trophy consideration. Even more amazing is he should also soon get mention when it comes to Hart Trophy balloting as league MVP and Canadian Olympic team consideration as one of the three goaltenders for 2010.
And he's just 20. And even more impressive, he's doing this all with Columbus.
He is having one of the most impressive rookie goaltending seasons in the history of the game. If he can keep this up, his first year will be compared to the likes of Tom Barrasso, Tony Esposito, Ken Dryden, Terry Sawchuk and Frank Brimsek.
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