TERRACE, BC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Tambellini of the New York Islanders and Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the students while visiting Thornhill Elementary School September 14, 2009 in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks and the Islanders will be playing a pre season game in celebration of Kraft Hockville 2009. (Photo by Rich Lam/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