Has the new guy or any of his assistants been invovled in youth hockey in the area recently??? He will need those connections to recruit kids like the other C.C. coaches. If he hasn't, he is already 3-4 more years away from a re-build.
In that region others are very active finding or developing young talent and my guess is Dexter (Donato) & Thayer (Amonte) will get the prep kids, BCH (Flaherty) will get the Catholic / lower priced kids and Boston Advantage (Lovell) for Juniors. No easy way out of the slump CM is in. But you're right, he better get connected to the youth programs if he stands a snowball's chance, and do it years ago.
Even Father Time (B.H.) himself had his assistant coaches and former coaches out doing leg work, finding kids for him for years.