CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 30: Jay Bouwmeester #4, Cory Sarich #6, Dustin Boyd #16 and Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers on January 30, 2010 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/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