EDMONTON, CANADA - MARCH 5: Newly acquired Ryan Whitney #6 of the Edmonton Oilers listens for a crack in his stick during warm ups before the game against the Minnesota Wild on March 5, 2010 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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