directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 7 Power Rankings: All about Mase

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Week 7 Power Rankings: All about Mase
Rank: 22 (-6)
After Pascal Leclaire surrendered seven goals on 19 shots against the Oilers last week, the door opened a little wider for rookie Steve Mason (4-1-1, 2.28 GAA, .913 SVPCT), who has been Columbus' best goalie this season, and he then stopped a grand total of 15 shots to blank the Thrashers.
Rank: 20 (+1)
There are some missing pieces – a bona fide, experienced No. 1 center and a quarterback on the blue line – but the Blue Jackets are getting a look at what Steve Mason can do between the pipes, and that could help cover for some deficiencies.
Rank: 20 (-3)
Rookie Steve Mason has not looked out of place in his six starts. He's 4-1-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA.
Rank: 17 (-2)
Have played well, but can't climb the ladder.
Rank: 14 (+1)
Two ugly home losses -- vs. Phoenix and Edmonton -- make it easy to forget the Blue Jackets' 6-3-2 run since Oct. 27.
Rank: 15 (-1)
Rookie goalie Steve Mason is making a play for the No. 1 job.
Rank: 19 (+1)
The Columbus defense was stellar in Week 7, giving up fewer than 20 chances in both of its games. But the goaltending was all over the map. In the only loss of the week, Pascal Leclaire gave up seven goals on only 19 chances. In the team's only win, rookie Steve Mason recorded his first NHL shutout by stopping all 15 shots he faced.
Rank: 17 (unchanged)
Rick Nash has goals in his past five games
Rank: 16 (unchanged)
Steve Mason makes 15 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 win over listless Atlanta.
Rank: TBD

Meta-score: 17.77 (last week 16) also had this to say in their leadup to their rankings:

Life as a hockey fan in Ohio has typically brought more lows than highs. And, thus far, it has never involved a playoff game.

But this year’s version of the Columbus Blue Jackets is doing its best to change things and a pair of rookies are playing a huge role.

Center Derick Brassard is battling Chicago’s Kris Versteeg for the top spot among rookie scorers, while freshman goalie Steve Mason has debuted with a 4-1-1 record and already has his first big-league shutout.

Another rookie, Jakub Voracek, hasn’t looked out of place either and don’t forget about skilled Russian Nikita Filatov, an 18-year-old who bagged his first NHL marker during a four-game stint with the Jackets.

With the youth movement in full swing, meaningful games late in the season are right around the corner in Columbus.

So there you have it.

TSN drops the Jackets a whopping 6 spots and ranks them the lowest at 22 (a bit harsh me thinks). The Dispatch has the Jackets comin in the highest at 14..... and what caller said this paper was to harsh on these guys?

The over-riding theme this week was Steve Mason's performance as his star continues to shine... (I hope I didn't just jinx him tonight).


1 comment:

JAL said...

I emailed Scott Cullen at TSN after seeing the CBJ drop, noting that Buffalo has the same record and the CBJ lit them up on the road. I also pointed out the two tough games on the road at Minnesota (complete with blown call) and the shutout at Atlanta.

Much to my surprise, Scott emailed me back right away -- he says the uncertain goaltending situation was 90% of the reason for the drop, and if Mason stays and plays, and/or Leclaire gets his act together, we will be back up there. He did say that the shutout of Atlanta was nothing to brag about. I had to concede that point . . . ;-)