BOSTON - DECEMBER 30: Steve Begin #27 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the first period as Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Atlanta Thrashers stands by on December 30, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/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