PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins on March 17, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh wore special green jerseys in honor of St. Patricks Day. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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