NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 05: Stephen Gionta #14 of the New Jersey Devils stretches during warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on November 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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