DETROIT, MI - MARCH 18: Tomas Tatar #21 and Riley Sheahan #15 of the Detroit Red Wings skate off the ice with teammate Gustav Nyquist #14 after he scored a first period goal during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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