BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 18: Vesa Toskala #35 of the Toronto Maple Leafs chats with Toni Lydman #5 of the Buffalo Sabres as they skate in pre-game warm-ups on December 18, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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