NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by teammates on the bench for his first-period goal against the New York Rangers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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