GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 07: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates Jay McKee #77 and Roman Polak #46 after Perron scored a third-period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 7, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 5-1. (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