Steve Mason is blessed with a build that would fit in almost any pro sport, but his lithe yet powerful frame makes him especially suited to be a hockey goaltender.

Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark, hired in June, made sure to quickly remind his newest charge that a 6-foot-4, 211-pound body is a real bonus in net.

"He has the size; he has the bulk," Clark said. "He is a real good technical goalie. He can work in a small space very effectively."

Clark, tasked with helping Mason regain the form that made him the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL rookie of the year in 2008-09, has a plan: downsize Mason's workplace, decreasing how far he ranges from the arc of the goal crease and making his every move more efficient.

"As you take more depth (distance from the net), the distance to recover your angle increases," Clark said. "That requires more power, more speed. It just destabilizes your game.

"Some goalies have to (play with more depth) because of their size. That isn't the case with Steve."