RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 13: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes has his skates sharpened by equipment manager George Alves prior to an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres, their third and final meeting of the 2013-14 regular season, at PNC Arena on March 13, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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