CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 22: Jiri Hudler #24 of the Calgary Flames interacts with a young fan during warm-ups before the game against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 22, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Terence Leung/NHL 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