SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 17: Andrew Desjardins #10 of the San Jose Sharks takes a face-off against Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 17, 2014 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