In 13 games for the Blue Jackets this season, Mason, 24, is 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. The 2009 Calder Trophy winner, chosen in the third round (No. 69) of the 2006 NHL Draft, owns a 2.90 GAA and .903 save percentage in 232 career starts for the Blue Jackets.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense