TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gives a young fan a puck during pre-game warm-ups before the start of a game gainst the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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