UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: James Wright #17 of the Winnipeg Jets falls to the ice as teammate Chris Thorburn #22 and Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders race for the puck at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 27, 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