Derick Brassard didn’t just learn how to make pinpoint passes in his first game as a Ranger. But the ex-Blue Jacket’s playmaking skills are going to get a lot more notice on New York’s bigger stage.

"I’m from the East, from Ottawa, and for me to have a chance to play here, it’s obviously huge," said Brassard, 25, the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Blue Jackets. "I want to show what I’m capable of, not that I didn’t have the chance in Columbus. But I know I have another step in my game."

Brassard made his Broadway debut with a goal and three assists, plus 11 faceoff wins in 15 tries, centering the Rangers’ third line and sparking a 3-for-4 power play in Wednesday’s 6-1 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins.

The trick for Brassard, and fellow newcomers John Moore, the defenseman who also came from Columbus in Wednesday’s blockbuster trade for Marian Gaborik, and ex-Shark Ryane Clowe, is to sustain that level in tonight’s rematch at Pittsburgh now that the adrenaline and shock of being dealt has faded.

Each victory, each point, is precious with 12 games remaining in this lockout-shortened season and the Rangers vying with the Devils and Islanders for the conference’s final two playoff spots.

"Playing like he did last night, [people] are going to discover a lot," said left wing Rick Nash, Brassard’s longtime teammate with the Blue Jackets who came to the Rangers in the off-season in the first mega-trade between the teams. "He’s got all the tools to be a great centerman in this league. It’s just a matter of staying consistent and doing it every night."

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Brassard has eight goals and 14 assists in 35 games this season and, overall in six seasons, 59 goals and 114 assists in 310 games. Of that, 20 goals and 38 assists have come with a man-advantage.