TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with a fan during pre-game warm-ups before the start of the game against the Ottawa Senators at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 29, 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