NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 27: David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators skates the puck away from Patrick Rissmiller #18 and Evander Kane #9 of the Atlanta Thrashers during a preseaon NHL game on September 27, 2010 at Bridgeston Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by John Russell/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