SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks tries to get a shot past the net against Adam Larsson #5 and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during an NHL game on November 23, 2013 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Nick Lust/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