COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 1: Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers loses his footing while attempting to keep control of the puck away from Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period on February 1, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/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