San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - Game Four
DENVER - APRIL 20: Manny Malhotra #27 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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