SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18: Antti Niemi #31 and James Sheppard #15 of the San Jose Sharks protect the net against Joey Crabb #10 of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game on March 18, 2014 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Nick Lust/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