Center is out indefinitely

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Florida Panthers rookie center Nathan Horton has
a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, an MRI revealed Tuesday.
He's out indefinitely.

Further tests were scheduled.

Horton, 18, was injured Sunday when he got tangled up
with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel and slid headfirst into the end
boards late in the first period. Horton tried to shield his face with his left arm as he hit
the boards but jammed his shoulder.

Horton, the No. 3 pick in last year's NHL draft, has 16 points in 44 games this season.

He has scored 10 goals, including four in his last four
games, to rank third on the Panthers and fifth among all NHL
rookies this season.

The timing of the injury is particularly unfortunate because, according to ESPN.com contributor Rob Parent, Horton lately has been showing the form expected of him when he was picked so high.

Horton also became the youngest player to score on an NHL
penalty shot when he beat Philadelphia's Jeff Hackett on Thursday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.