VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 10: The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal by Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 while Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks skates away during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on October 10, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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