TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reaches for hockey pucks during pre-game skate beofr ethe start of the game against the Minnesota Wild at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis