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E.J. McGuire, head of NHL Central Scouting, passes at 58

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Sad news came from NHL headquarters today with the passing of E.J. McGuire, due to cancer at the age of 58. Nashville Predators fans will be familiar with E.J. as an informative presence during Entry Draft season. As the head of NHL Central Scouting, his group assembles the annual lists of North American and European prospects which serve as a starting point for teams to follow up on, and guideposts for fans looking ahead to the future of the league (their list for the 2011 Draft was just released recently). Here, for example, is the video provided for the Preds' 2010 1st-round pick, Austin Watson. McGuire comes in around the 40 second mark: