BOSTON - FEBRUARY 2: Michael Ryder #73 of the Boston Bruins skates after the puck against Tom Poti #3 of the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden on February 2, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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