GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 15: Martin Havlat #9 of the San Jose Sharks looks to pass the puck around the defense of David Schlemko #6 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period at Jobing.com Arena on April 15, 2013 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