DALLAS, TX - APRIL 21: Valeri Nichushkin #43 of the Dallas Stars handles the puck against Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on April 21, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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