LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi speaks to the media about the acquisition of Dustin Penner prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on February 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/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