SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates behind the goal with control of the puck keeping it away from Matt Irwin #52 of the San Jose Sharks during the first period at SAP Center on February 1, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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