Brassard was selected No. 6 overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus thanks to his offensive abilities. Brassard spent four seasons with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he tallied 75 goals over parts of three seasons.
Following his junior career, Brassard split time between the Blue Jackets and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in 2007. In 17 NHL games, Brassard posted one goal and two assists, while in the AHL, he posted 15 goals and 51 points in 42 games.
Brassard became a mainstay in Columbus during the 2007-08 season, scoring 10 goals and 25 points in 31 games. His best offensive season came in 2010-11, when he scored 17 goals and 47 points in 74 games.
The 25-year-old adds speed and passing ability to the Rangers lineup, which was evident in his debut on Wednesday night, when he scored a goal and three assists for four points, which was a career-high. He's very effective on the power play, which will help the Rangers who have struggled with the man advantage for most of the season. Brassard adds depth down the middle of the Rangers lineup and to their bottom-six.