SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Scott Nichol #21 of the San Jose Sharks dives for the puck during their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at HP Pavilion on November 25, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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