Mason Beating Expectations

Last year there were a lot of unhappy Flyers fans after a trade sent Michael Leighton and a 2015 3rd round pick to Columbus for Steve Mason. People got even unhappier when it was announced that there was a contract extension in the works. No one thought he deserved it and didn’t want him on the team. The guy was backing up the Vezina winner the Flyers traded. How could you not be a little upset about it?

Mason came into Philadelphia with a lot of low expectations and anger from fans, but quickly shut down the naysayers when he went 4-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .944 SV%. There was a glimmer of hope for Flyers fans after the trade of the young Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Flyers signed Ray Emery over the summer, and many thought that meant an end to any chance of Mason as starter and were okay with that. Prior to the start of the season Emery was expected to take the starter early on and leave Mason as backup. That didn’t go as planned.

Mason got the start for the first game of the season against the Leafs. He allowed 3 goals and had a .880 SV%. Things got better and now Mason has a 2.17 GAA and a .930 SV%. Things got so much better that Mason is now outplaying the Vezina winner he backed up last season. Sergei Bobrovsky has a 2.44 GAA and a .921 SV%. The only category Bobrovsky is leading Mason is wins, but they are far out of a goalie’s control when your team has yet to score 3 goals in a game.

This early season has been rough, but Mason has been a bright spot early on. If he can continue to play as well as he has the Bob trade won’t be as much of a disaster as it was before.


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Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Author:Daniel Blanchard

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