Since he entered the NHL six seasons ago as a fresh-faced rookie, Alex Ovechkin has emerged as one of the elite players in the league.
His combination of speed, skill and power has always terrified defensemen and made him one of the world's most dynamic players.
That said, he has also become a very controversial player—to those who don't know him like Capitals fans do, that is. He is criticized for his recklessness, his off-ice attitude and his arrogance. However, these claims are often baseless and without merit.
It is time for the player affectionately nicknamed "Ovi" to step up and shut his critics up. Here are five ways how for the upcoming 2011-12 season.