EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 3: Nail Yakupov #64, Andrew Ference #21, David Perron #57, and Mark Arcobello #26 of the Edmonton Oilers walk to the ice during warm-ups prior to an NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Rexall Place on December 3, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/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