WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 27: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets gets a glove in the face as teammate Bryan Little #18 tries to hold on to David Moss #18 of the Phoenix Coyotes during a shoving match in first period action in an NHL game at the MTS Centre on February 27, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/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