VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 26: Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators knocks the puck down with his glove while Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during the first period in NHL action on January 26, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/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