BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 11: Jason Pominville #29 of the Buffalo Sabres has a first period shot stopped by Shane Hindy #34, Mark Stuart #45, and Manny Fernandez #35 of the Boston Bruins on April 11, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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