OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 6: Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators high-fives some young fans as he steps off the ice following warmups prior to an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on February 6, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/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