DENVER, CO - APRIL 06: Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks to the puck as Goaltender Semyon Varlamov #1 and Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche defend the net at the Pepsi Center on April 06, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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