ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 4: Goalie Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues blocks a shot from teammate Andy McDonald #10 during warm-ups in an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 4, 2012 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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