COLUMBUS, Ohio - Steve Mason is returning to the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled the 19-year-old goaltender from the OHL's Kitchener Rangers on Wednesday.
It's the third time this season that Mason has spent time with the Blue Jackets, although he's yet to appear in his first NHL game. He'll fill in for Pascal Leclaire, who suffered a neck injury during Tuesday's game with Washington and is expected to be out until next week.
Mason is 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts for the Rangers and London Knights this season. He also led Canada to the gold medal at the world junior hockey championship in the Czech Republic and was named tournament MVP.
Also Wednesday, the Blue Jackets recalled winger Joakim Lindstrom from AHL Syracuse and re-assigned defenceman Duvie Westcott to the Crunch.