DETROIT - FEBRUARY 11: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks gets congratulated for his goal by teammates: Niclas Wallin #7 and Dan Boyle #22 as Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on dejectedly during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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