COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -The Columbus Blue Jackets sent prized goaltending prospect Steve Mason back to his juniors club on Friday before he played in an NHL game.
Mason, who was returned to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, had been added to the roster on emergency recall on Jan. 7.
The Blue Jackets' second-round pick in the 2006 draft, the 19-year-old Mason was the MVP at the recent world junior championships after leading Canada to its fourth straight gold medal. The Oakville, Ontario, native went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and had one shutout.
Mason was with Columbus to start this season, but did not play in a game then, either. He was assigned to the OHL's London Knights on Oct. 9, posting a 19-4-3 record before being traded to Kitchener on Jan. 4.
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