ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 29: Fans of the Anaheim Ducks wish George Parros #16 of the Ducks a happy birthday prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild on December 29, 2009 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John Cordes/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