NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12: Marcel Goc #9, left, Ryan Jones #28, Kevin Klein #8, center, of the Nashville Predators kicks a soccer ball as the players enjoy a game of football (Soccer) prior to a game against the Edmonton Oilers on October 12, 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