TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Spencer Abbott #56 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets around Jakub Kindl #4 of the Detroit Red Wings during NHL Preseason action at the Air Canada Centre September 28, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/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