NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Jamie Langenbrunner #15 of the New Jersey Devils is held off by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 and defenseman Mark Popovic #3 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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