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In a few years, the Blue Jackets may be elite -- if they're patient now

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Steve MasonSteven King/Icon SMIIf his rookie year is any indication, Steve Mason can develop as an an elite goalie.

Plugging Holes -- Columbus Blue Jackets

The Hole: Essentially, everything

Columbus performed poorly in all aspects of the game last year: special teams play in all situations was below average and even-strength play on both sides of the puck was dismal. Overall, the Blue Jackets finished 26th in team GVT with a minus-38.4 mark. Goaltender Steve Mason fell into a sophomore slump after a brilliant rookie campaign and young center Derick Brassard has yet to develop into anything resembling a franchise player.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.