TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Zenon Konopka #28 of the Tampa Bay Lightning squeezes a water bottle near the bench before the start of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 30, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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