NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 1: Sergei Kostitsyn #74 and Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators get the attention of some young fans during warmups against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game on January 1, 2011 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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