Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings Team Practices
PITTSBURGH - JUNE 02: NHL top prospect John Tavares waits to meet Marian Hossa #81 of the Detroit Red Wings after the Detroit Red Wings Team Practice before Game 3 of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Harry How/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