RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 9: Tim Wallace #29, Jiri Tlusty #19 and Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes participate in warmups prior to an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils on Military Appreciation Night, March 9, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the 10th annual event, the Hurricanes wore camo jerseys during the pre-game skate to honor all members of the armed forces for their service. (Photo by Karl DeBlaker/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