SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks shoots against Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on February 2, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/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