DENVER - FEBRUARY 02: Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche flips a puck on his stick prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on February 02, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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