DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 29: Former player for and current general manager of the Dallas Stars Joe Nieuwendyk is honored for being inducted to the hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 prior to a game between the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils at the American Airlines Center on October 29, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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