BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins reaches for the puck in front of John-Michael Liles #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/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