Blue Jackets lose Steve Mason for 4-6 weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason will be sidelined four to six weeks as he recovers from knee surgery.

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason will be sidelined four to six weeks as he recovers from knee surgery.

Mason, 20, had arthroscopic surgery performed Tuesday on the knee he hurt last spring, when he played for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Oakville, Ont., native went 32-7-3 with a 2.51 goals-against average and three shutouts in 42 OHL games last season.

Mason was sensational in goal as Team Canada won the gold medal at this year's world junior championship in the Czech Republic, posting a 5-0-0 record with a 1.19 GAA.

For his efforts, he was named the tournament's top goaltender and most valuable player.

Mason was expected to begin his first pro season with the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affliliate of the Blue Jackets.

But he is considered the netminder of the future for the Blue Jackets, who will open the season with veterans Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena shouldering the load.

Mason was drafted in the third round (69th overall) by the Blue Jackets in 2006.

With files from the Associated Press