CALGARY, AB - SEPTEMBER 28: Robyn Regehr #28 of the Calgary Flames battles for the puck with Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes in front of goalie Henrik Karlsson #35 of the Flames in the first period of NHL preseason action on September 28, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/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