COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason has been cleared to resume playing after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 23.
The Blue Jackets said on Thursday that Mason has been assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
He was Columbus' second pick and the 69th overall in the 2006 draft. He was originally hurt last spring playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Mason went 32-7-3 with a 2.51 goals-against average and three shutouts in 42 games with London and Kitchener in 2007-08.
He also went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average and one shutout at the 2008 World Junior Championship, leading Canada to the gold medal and earning top goaltender and tournament MVP honours.