CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 1: The starting line-up for the Chicago Blackhawks (L-R) Jonathan Toews #19, Brandon Saad #20, Michael Frolik #67, Duncan Keith #2, and Niklas Hjalmarsson #4, stand for the National Anthem during the NHL game against the Nashville Predators on April 01, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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