VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Dan Hamhuis, Henrik Sedin and Alexander Edler look on as teammate Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks heads a soccer ball as they all warm up before their NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena November 29, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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