DETROIT, MI - MAY 10: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings and Francois Beauchemin #23 of the Anaheim Ducks battle for the puck behind the net during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 10, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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