NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 28: Tuomo Ruutu #15 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by teammate Niclas Wallin #7 after scoring at 1:02 in the first period against the New Jersey Devils during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 28, 2009 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