Mason Shaw hasn’t taken the easy road on his comeback from a nasty knee injury. But the 20-year-old center is forging ahead in his first year as a pro, even if his numbers with the AHL’s Iowa Wild don’t always show it.
Shaw blossomed as a 5-foot-8, 180-pound bundle of offense over three seasons in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In 2016-17, he topped out at 27 goals and 94 points in 71 games, then was drafted in the fourth round (97th overall) by Minnesota.
He was ready to impress in a Wild jersey at the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September 2017, but in the second game he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he wiped out on a routine play in a corner. “I kind of just got in an awkward play and had a heavier guy fall on me,” Shaw said.
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