GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 16: Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with Radim Vrbata #17 and Michael Stone #26 after Hanzal scored a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on November 16, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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