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Without seeing any action, Blue Jackets send top pick Mason back to minors

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned
goaltender Steve Mason to his juniors team in Kitchener on Sunday.

Mason was recalled on Wednesday after Blue Jackets goalie Pascal
Leclaire bruised his neck in a collision during a game against
Washington the night before. Leclaire did not make the team's trip
to Phoenix and San Jose, with Mason backing up Fredrik Norrena.
Mason did not see action.

Mason, 19, has a record of 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against
average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 31 OHL games
with the Rangers and London Knights. He was Columbus' second pick
and 69th overall in the 2006 draft.