By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | May 21, 2019 | 1:21pm
JANESVILLE, WI — The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed defenseman Noah Ellis to a tender contract, securing his NAHL rights for the 2019-20 season.
A tender is a contract a team offers a prospect to reserve his rights for the upcoming NAHL season. When a player signs a tender, his rights belong to that team within the NAHL, and he may not be recruited or drafted by any other member club. Each team is granted 10 tenders, which became active on November 1, and which they can either use on a prospect or trade to another NAHL club.
Ellis (5-10/178) is an ’02 defenseman from Urbandale, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. The right-handed blueliner developed in the Iowa Wild AAA system for three years, topping out at 15 points (8-7) in 35 games with the U16 club last season. Last May, the USHL Des Moines Buccaneers drafted Ellis in the 16th round, just one pick before the Madison Capitols selected fellow Jets tender Sean Sullivan. Ellis’ quick development earned him a nine-game stint with the Buccaneers this season.
“I’m excited to sign a tender agreement with the Janesville Jets,” Ellis said. “I’m looking forward to becoming a member of the Jets family.”
“Noah is a solid two-way defenseman who will add depth to the Jets’ D corps for next season. Noah has a tremendous upside and we can’t wait to see him in a Jets uniform next season.” — Corey Leivermann, Jets Head Coach