DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 19: Ryan Jones #28 of the Edmonton Oilers kicks a soccer ball as part of warm ups as teammate Anton Lander #51 looks on prior to the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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