SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates his goal on a deflection off an assist by Keith Yandle #3 against goalie Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks in the first period of a preseason split-squad game at HP Pavilion on September 25, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/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