OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 5: Zenon Konopka #28 of the Ottawa Senators and Steve Downie #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning have a conversation at center ice during warmups prior to their NHL game at Scotiabank Place on December 5, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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