SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 8: Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams drops the puck prior to the start of the game with fellow Olympians Tomas Kopecky (back left) and teammate Aleksander Barkov (back right) of the Florida Panthers with current players Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers and Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the BB&T Center on April 8, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/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