GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes in action during the preseason NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena on September 19, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (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