NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 17: Forward Eric Boulton #36 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against defenseman Cody Franson #32 of the Nashville Predators during a pre-season game at Sommet Center on September 17, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/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