I will be the first one to tell you that without the stellar play of Steve Mason to begin the season, the Flyers would not be in playoff position they are now in. However, after observing Mason in his games so far this January I think the extension was a bit premature. In the graphs below I charted Steve Masons’ save percentage for each of his starts this season. As you can see in the graphs above Steve Mason played incredibly well in his first two months. His average save percentage for the months of October and November were .926 and .934 respectively. He should be credited for the Flyers floating around .500 those first two months because if he hadn’t played that well the Flyers would be sunk.
However, these last two months have me concerned that Mason is regressing back to his post Calder Cup days with the Blue Jackets. I am seeing a lot more soft goals go in that he was stopping in the beginning of season. His rebound control also has been suspect as of late as well. His average save percentage for the months of December and January have definitely left something to be desired. He finished December with a .888 save percentage while his downward trend has crept into January with an even worse .869 save percentage.
Those totals don’t inspire a lot of confidence going forward but he may prove me wrong, and I hope he does. I just don’t understand after seeing these numbers why the Flyers didn’t wait to get a larger sample size before signing Mason to an extension.
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Stats provided by NHL.com.
Graphs created by myself.