I will take a crack at this:
1) FHS - This is a little different pick than most but my thoughts are as follows. Overachieved with basically a JV team supported by a handful of upperclassmen in varsity, now a year older a year stronger and majority getting solid coaching not only at home but on provincial teams. Obviously some of this is based on the influx of top players from LHHS if the best kids from LHHS are now Kats they are not only deeper but bigger and stronger than most AAA opponents. They beat everyone along the way last year until they ran into a red hot KV team who basically played only 8 kids (2 of them played less than double digits) and had their 3 key seniors on the floor basically the entire way who aren't there this year.
2) KV - For the same reasons as everyone else thy are clearly one of the top 2 teams in the province. They've got length and talent to burn. Questions re: leadership and how younger talent steps up to varsity or more significant role on varsity. Solid coaching and a strong minor program, as much fire power if not more than everyone else in the province.
3) Sussex - Talented group gets 1 more kick at the can. Consistency and performing in big moments get one more chance to be answered by the core of this group. Still need to prove the ability to win grind em out games and have an answer for length that is not generating turnovers. Have speed and skill and should be hungry, maybe not being the expected favorites works for them and lets them just go out and play.
4) Riverview - Questions re: coaching changes and how kids respond aside. Once again they've got the majority of their kids playing and playing somewhere in the off season. Talented starting group with the ability to score in spurts. Needs to prove they will consistently have an answer for the top 3 teams, but right in the mix.
5) BMHS - A period of change. Change of coaches, change of style of play potentially and a changing over of the leadership and make up of the core of the team. Ahletes will be able to compete physically, guard play should be able to handle pressure and coachign will have a plan. If they can all get on the same page dangerous team by Feb.
6) SJHS - This is about depth and consistency. They have a starting 5 who are skilled, athletic and a couple of kids with skills and athleticism to do things a lot of other girls can't. Should be a strong rebounding team and if they can play fast and aggressive should be fine. Need to prove they have shot makers or can at least find ways to score 5 on 5 or when teams zone up and grind the game on them. Not as deep as hounds teams the last couple of years need to find a balance between volume of possessions and quality possessions at both ends.
7) WHS - Only girls team out of the top 4 who basically gets everyone playing all summer and building to compete for each other and win. Good coaching and basically as good a home court advantage as you get in NB thanks to their crowd, culture and fan base. They lose a lot out of the last few classes of seniors but every year seem to reload. Always deeper in size and athleticism than other AA teams, will be hard pressed vs AAA teams this year. PUtting them ahead of MVHS because if they can handle the pressure in the full court have the make up of a team that MVHS struggles with in the quarter court.
MVHS - Fast, scrappy, play hard and hard to play against at both ends. One of the best CIS prospects in the province in a year with 5+ potential CIS players province wide. Still need to find answers beyond hard work in the quarter court and protecting the rim/paint. Last go round for a core group as well. Will play desperate all year.
As others have stated after this things get murky but lets try these on for size
9) CNHS - depth will be an issue but led by a back court pairing of provincial team guards they could be tough. Always play hard. Being the west gives the advantage of playing top A, AA and AAA compeition as a group and through their feeder systems.
10) LHHS - I'm not really happy about this pick as their are t0o many unknowns. If they are in the mix its because a new coach is able to maximize the talent remaining or because the exodus is not as bad as first thought which would invalidate an earlier pick. Too many unknowns at this point, but 5-6 games a year against FHS has to make you better right?
On the outside looking in:
A - GM and JCS are both tough squads that bring everyone back. Could both be competitive with most AA teams this year.
AA - Who is who this year in AA needs to shake out. CNHS isn't miles ahead of everyone else but JMH, SSHS, TRHS and SVHS bring back all or most of their lineups and could take a major leap forward. Fundy and Rothesay have been top programs in AA the last couple years and solid pieces but holes to fill and question marks. Could be wide open
AAA - Not sure what the St. Macs hype is about but will need to see to be a beliver. They have some solid players but need to show more then they have for a few years now. HVHS should still have some strong players but a coaching change again adds yet another layer. Can anyone else come out of the east HTHS, MHS, ODY? Anybody?