RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 23: Spouses, children and friends of Carolina Hurricanes players sell autographed Thanksgiving-themed pucks before an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on November 23, 2011 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the 2010-11 season, the Holiday Mystery Puck fundraiser raised close to $40,000 for the Kids ÔN Community Foundation. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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