DETROIT - MAY 10: Ryan Whitney #19 of the Anaheim Ducks and Kirk Maltby #18 of the Detroit Red Wings battle for the puck during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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