Pacioretty, 23, led the Canadiens last season with 65 points and was second with 33 goals. He also won the 2012 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his comeback from a broken vertebra in his neck and a concussion in March 2011.
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