CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames and Shawn Horcoff #10 of the Edmonton Oilers participate in a puck drop ceremony for Hockey Fights Cancer night on October 18, 2011 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Terence Leung/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