ST. PAUL, MN - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Mikael Granlund #64, Dany Heatley #15 and Jason Pominville #29 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a goal by Pominville as Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on during the first period of the game on January 23, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/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