VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 20: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks stretches before the start of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at General Motors Place on March 20, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kesler signed a five year contract extension with the Canucks this week. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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