The Halifax Mooseheads have parted ways with Porters Lake’s Matt Stoddard to create space on their reserve list heading into the QMJHL draft.

Stoddard, a former Cole Harbour major midget star, joined the Mooseheads as a 19-year-old last season but struggled to produce and finished with just one goal and five assists in 50 games.

The Mooseheads can only keep three 20-year-olds in 2010-11 and Stoddard won’t be one of them. Forwards Tomas Knotek and Charles Bety and defencemen Pascal Amyot and Paul Dimitruk are the candidates.

“From our standpoint, he’s not going to be one of our three 20-year-olds,” Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell said.

“This gives him time to figure out what he’s going to do next year instead of waiting for training camp.”

The Mooseheads also released a handful of other players on their reserve list, but none were off their 2009-10 roster or selections from past drafts. They’re currently carrying 36 players, with plenty of room under the 50-man limit for the draft.

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