ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks and Andrew Ebbett #48 of the Anaheim Ducks battle for the puck in the first period during the preseason game at the Honda Center on September 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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