BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Nick Romano of Williamsville, New York looks at ice scultpures with Buffalo Sabres jerseys before the Sabres play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Hockey Day in America on February 17, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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