VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 11: Shane O'Brien #55 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on as teammate Kyle Wellwood #42 kicks a soccer ball prior to the start of the game against the Dallas Stars at General Motors Place on October 11, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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