SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 06: Antoine Vermette #50 and Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skate with Dany Heatley #15 and Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game on March 6, 2010 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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