NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Steve Sullivan #26 and Joel Ward #29 of the Nashville Predators laugh at the antics of assistant equipment manager Craig Baugh prior to a game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 10, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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