EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 30: A young fan cheers on Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs before an NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers on December 30, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/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