UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 26: In honor of Hockey Fights Cancer, Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders greets Luke, a young cancer patient from Long Island during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 26, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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