ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 7: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings poke checks Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on February 7, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/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