RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 04: Carolina Hurricanes Olympians Eric Staal #12, Tim Gleason #6, Joni Pitkanen #25, and Tuomo Ruutu #15 bring their medals back to the RBC Center to let fans pose for pictures prior to a NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on March 4, 2010 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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