MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 22: Former capitain of the Montreal Canadiens Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks steps on the ice for the first time as a visitor before the NHL game on January 22, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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