Bowling for Columbus

It’s a difficult time in the fantasy season; with 10 games played, trends are beginning to set and players are establishing gain or drop in value on the trade market. But no one’s stock seems to be falling quicker than Steve Mason.

After tonight’s debilitating 9-2 loss to Philly, his fantasy price is at an all time low and based on 2 weak seasons of play since his breakout rookie campaign, its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So is it time to abandon ship?

As tough as it is to keep this in mind, the season is still young and the Jackets are incredibly injury plagued. Im not just talking about Jeff Carter (center) either; Boll (winger) is still dealing with a broken thumb, Martinek (Defense) is out suffering from concussion symptoms, and Huselius (winger) is hurt as well. Even Dekanich (goalie), their only legitimate back-up option, is out with a high ankle sprain. Wisniewski is also still taking time to adjust to a new team after missing 8 games due to suspension. Over the next few months, the team should regain its depth and defensive responsibility, not to mention put some goals on the board when their top line is reassembled.  A good way to look at is it that at this point, the only direction Columbus has to go is up.

Mason is undeniably providing a very weak performance, but just like we have seen in Vancouver, there is more to blame here than simply bad tending. Unless you have another option on the table, don’t go tossing Steve away quite yet. there is still another 70 games left and someone has to start in net for Columbus.