ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Kris Russel #10 and Ethan Moreau #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle Guillaume Latendresse #48 of the Minnesota Wild for the puck during the first period at Xcel Energy Center on October 16, 2010 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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