ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings moves the puck against Rob Niedermayer #44 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on May 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Grosl/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