GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 (second from left) of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by Mikkel Boedker #89, Lauri Korpikoski #28, Antoine Vermette #50 and Zbynek Michalek #4 after Ekman-Larsson scored a first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 29, 2014 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