OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 11: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators tapes his sticks in the locker room with additional jerseys hanging in adjacent stalls at Scotiabank Place on February 11, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The club will commemorate Phillips' 1000th career NHL game in a ceremony before playing the Edmonton Oilers. (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