In answer to your question... yes...the draft was different. It had to be. Think about this, the last NHL Expansion Draft was way back in 2000. That was 17 years. That seems like a lifetime ago as I was still living in Virginia Beach at the time busting my nuts as a retail pharmacist. (Off topic I know but you get the point.)
1) Instead of just one (1) team drafting, there were two (2) --- The Wild and Blue Jackets. So right there the talent pool was going to thinned out a bit.