ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22: Rod Pelley #14 of the Anaheim Ducks looks to play the puck as David Van Der Gulik #7 of the Colorado Avalanche falls to the ice in the first period during the NHL game at Honda Center on January 22, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/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