Caps land defenceman

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How long he’s here remains to be seen

SUMMERSIDE – Defenceman Jason Seed is the newest member of the Summerside Western Capitals, but it remains to be seen for how long.

Jason Seed in action with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Seed, who played the last three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), signed and practised with the Caps for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s exciting,” said Seed following practice. “I’m excited to be here for the time being. . .

“It seems like there is a good group of guys here, and it’s a great place to play.”

Caps general manager Pat McIver confirmed Seed will be in the lineup on Friday night, when Summerside visits the Woodstock Slammers. He will make his home debut in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Sunday against the Miramichi Timberwolves at 2 p.m.

“We had him on our list and we had hoped all along he would come,” said McIver. “From our standpoint, we are happy to have him.”

McIver admitted there is a possibility the Sea Dogs could trade Seed, which could result in him returning to major junior.

“It’s kind of the risk we have to take,” added McIver. “It’s definitely a big signing for us.”

Seed, who is from Ottawa, commented: “It is my last year, I’m 20-years-old and I’m an overage player. We are going to have to wait and see what happens when the trades open up in a couple of weeks, and who gets moved where.

“It’s exciting. I’m excited to be here for the time being. . . It seems like there is a good group of guys here, and it’s a great place to play." Defenceman Jason Seed

“For the time being, I’m glad to be here and play in Summerside.”

If Seed remains with the Capitals for the remainder of the season, he will be counted on to play a key role in the road to the 2013 RBC Cup in May. The Caps are guaranteed a berth in the Canadian junior A hockey championship as the host team.

“He adds a lot of depth, leadership and experience to our team,” said McIver. “He has a Memorial Cup ring and two President Cup rings (as QMJHL champions).”

In 22 regular-season games with the Sea Dogs this year, Seed has 10 points – two goals and eight assists. He also has 10 penalty minutes and is a minus-6. In 64 games with Saint John last season, Seed had 10 assists, eight penalty minutes and was a plus-15. He split the 2010-11 season between Gatineau and Saint John, and combined he had three assists, 28 penalty minutes and was a plus-15.

“At the junior A level, he’ll (Seed) be a real good player,” said Sea Dogs head coach Mike Kelly. “He’s a real good skater, a puck-moving defenceman.

“He has a real good understanding of the game and is a really good character kid.”

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Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Capitals RBC

Geographic location: Summerside, Saint John, Ottawa Gatineau

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