RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28: Prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans of Brandon Sutter display message along the glass during pre-game warmups on February 28, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tonight marks Sutter's return to PNC Arena to face his former teammates after a trade package sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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