RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 25: Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers battles for a puck along the boards with Jay Harrison #44 of the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on April 25, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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