CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Eric O'Dell #58 of the Winnipeg Jets battles Riley Nash #20 and Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period during an NHL pre-season hockey game September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/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