ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 04: Statues of former St. Louis Blues players Brett Hull, Bernie Federko, and Al MacInnis stand in front of Scottrade Center before an NHL game against the San Jose Sharks on November 4, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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