RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 20: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes congratulates teammate Jussi Jokinen #36 on his short-handed goal during an NHL game against the Washington Capitals on January 20, 2012 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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