GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: An anxious fan waits for the gates to open to welcome the Phoenix Coyotes back for the 2009-10 season as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 10, 2009 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via 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