BUFFALO - OCTOBER 3: Tim Connolly #19 of the Buffalo Sabres skates for a loose puck with temmate Steve Montador #4 and David Laliberte #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers during their NHL preseason game at HSBC Arena October 3, 2010 in Buffalo, New York.(Photo By Dave Sandford/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