COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 21: Jeff Carter #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets smiles at Curtis Glencross #20 of the Calgary Flames before taking a face off during the third period on November 21, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Carter had two goals as Columbus defeated Calgary 4-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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