COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 10: Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks for an outlet to pass to in the first period as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers gives chase on February 10, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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