NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22: Fans of Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators vie for his attention during warmups against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bridgestone Arena on December 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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