DENVER, CO - APRIL 26: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck as Justin Fontaine #14 of the Minnesota Wild and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche follow the play in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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