VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 23: Stan Smyl, senior advisor to the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, presents Henrik Sedin #33 of the Canucks with a solid silver hockey stick to commemorate his 1,000th NHL game before playing the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena March 23, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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