STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 9: Derek Dorsett #15 and Ethan Moreau #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets fight for the puck with John McCarthy #43 and Niclas Wallin #7 of the San Jose Sharks in front of the net of Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Sharks during the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere at the Ericsson Globe Arena October 9, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Gunnar Ask/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