PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 06: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche warms-up a few hours before his game with teammate Max Talbot #25 looking on prior to their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 6, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI 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