Ovechkin is playing for Dynamo Moscow, along with fellow Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom. Several other NHL alum have joined Ovechkin and Backstrom in the KHL, including Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Bryzagalov and Zdeno Chara.
Through 20 games with Dynamo, Ovechkin has nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Ovi has scored five power play goals, three game-winning goals and one overtime game-winner.
But will his time in the KHL help or hurt his game if and when he returns to the NHL?
Here are six reasons why Ovechkin's time in the KHL will help his game.