BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 24: Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres draws the attention of the Easter Bunny and other Sabres fans while warming up to play the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HSBC Arena on April 24, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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