NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 15: Jeff Vanderbeek, co-owner and managing partner of the New Jersey Devils, poses with a fan at Newark Penn Station on his way to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils on April 15, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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