BOSTON, MA - MAY 25: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/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