TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 5: B.J. Crombeen #19 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning joke around prior to taking the ice for pre game warmups before the start of the game against of the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 5, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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