BUFFALO NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Ville Leino #23 of the Buffalo Sabres along with teammate Drew Stafford #21 look along side of Tim Brent #37 and Jamie McBain #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes as Brian Boucher #33 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save during their pre-season NHL game at First Niagara Center September 19, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo By Dave Sandford/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