ATLANTA - OCTOBER 3: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena on October 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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