WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 11: Andrew Ladd #16 and Jim Slater #19 of the Winnipeg Jets and Vernon Fiddler #38 of the Dallas Stars stretch on the ice as they take part in the pre-game warm up prior to puck drop at the MTS Centre on October 11, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Lance Thomson/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