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Blue Jackets' Mason named NHL Rookie of the Month

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NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, who posted a 5-2-1 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in eight games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November. It marks the second consecutive month a Blue Jackets player has earned top rookie honors, following center Derick Brassard in October.

Mason edged Brassard (4-6--10 in 11 games), Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (8-5--13 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (5-7--12 in 12 games), Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski (2-5--7 in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (2-5--7 in 13 games) for the award.

Recalled from the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Syracuse Nov. 4, Mason posted victories in each of his first three NHL starts. He made 22 saves in a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 5, stopped 34 shots and both shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 7 and picked up his third win in four nights in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames Nov. 8. Mason later posted shutout victories over the Atlanta Thrashers (15 saves, Nov. 22) and Washington Capitals (26 saves, Nov. 29).

Mason was Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. In 2007-08, the 20-year-old Oakville, Ontario native posted a 32-7-3 record with the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League and backstopped Canada to the gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship by going 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average and .951 save percentage, earning tournament MVP honors. Earlier this season, Mason underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in September and was sidelined a month before making his professional debut with Syracuse Oct. 29.

Mason in November 
Mason highlights

Date Opponent Mins. Shots GA Result
           
Nov. 5 EDMONTON 60 26 4 5-4 win
Nov. 7 MONTREAL 65 37 3 4-3 win (shootout)
Nov. 8 CALGARY 60 23 1 3-1 win
Nov. 12 PHOENIX 59 29 4 5-2 loss
Nov. 15 at Minnesota 65 30 2 3-2 loss (shootout)
Nov. 22 at Atlanta 60 15 0 2-0 win
Nov. 26 PHOENIX 59 25 3 3-2 loss
Nov. 29 WASHINGTON 60 26 0 3-0 win
           
TOTAL    488  211  17  5-2-1 (2.09 GAA, .919 save %)

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