My .02: If you define "buzz" as N.A. review sites with the demography advertisers care about (not sure we make the list, definitely not Ski or Skiing), I see a lot of buzz for:
Anything flat that can have a Duke mounted
Volkl Katana, M-Rock, and Bridge
Blizzard Argos and Big Akira with the rebadged Duke
Fischer Addict and Watea 94
K2 Coomba and Big Luv
Rossi Steeze and 104 Squads
Black Diamond Verdict
Dynastar Pro Rider and XXL
4FRNT EHP, Movement Goliath, Armada Ant and ARG, Faty-pus D-scent, and Liberty Helix
I see less buzz than last year or two for:
Anything under 90 mm
Anything purely dedicated to the park.
Nordica (other than Hellcat)
Atomic in general, even with all their new skis (although Thug still seems to get attention, and Snoop gets some)
Elan in general
K2 PE and Pontoon
Head in general (new 95 OB seems to interest some folks, though)
Volkl AC's (and even the Tigersharks get press mostly from mainstream middle aged demogs)
Stockli (the only mystery, the XXXL, doesn't appeal to freeriders/freestylers anyway)
If there's a pattern here, IMO it seems to be that in the U.S. "narrow" skis (under 95 mm) are uninteresting to skiers below 30, no matter how excellent the ski, that AT has gone from hard core periphery to core, period, and that companies that have hitched their fortunes to frontside skis are gonna depend more and more on Europe and Japan. Which may be fine with them; N.A. is not a growing market.
Also that skis like the PE can get killed by their success.
Also could be that people who like fatties are more likely to talk about it, and less likely to stick with their parents' brands.