COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 11: Chris Chelios #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers stretches prior to the start of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 11, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Chelios is playing in his first NHL game this season. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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