I can’t find a way in the Visual Studio plugin to link the project to a short-lived branch in the new branching model, just master. I’ve heard similar complaints from our Java devs with Eclipse.
It’s not possible to link to a branch other than the main branch.
We would like to support it at some point, but it’s not planned to be implemented in the short term.
Here is a draft for the feature: https://jira.sonarsource.com/browse/MMF-1342 (feel free to upvote).