GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Phoenix Coyotes Stick Kid Jackson Peters pushes the pucks onto the ice as the players come out for their pre-game warm-up prior to taking on the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena on October 20, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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