COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Zink meets with NHL on-ice officials Derek Amell, Francis Charron, Steve Kozari, and Bryan Pancich as part of Zebra Cares before a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers on November 29, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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