OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a first period goal with teammates Mika Zibanejad #93 and Colin Greening #14 against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL pre-season game at Canadian Tire Centre on September 25, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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