CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames faces off against Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 31, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Brad Watson/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