NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 2: Goalie Dan Ellis #39 of the Nashville Predators straps on his chest protector prior to a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on February 2, 2010 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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