CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 29: Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames shoots the puck during the warmups before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 29, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Terence Leung/NHL 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