ST. LOUIS - APRIL 19: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Gannam/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