ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by teammates Jay McClement #18 and B.J. Crombeen #26 after scoring against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on September 24, 2009 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Blues defeated the Wild 4-1. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/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