DENVER, CO - APRIL 01: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 gives words of encouragement to Al Montoya #35 of the Phoenix Coyotes before the start of a game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on April 1, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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